18.2.19

1137 Mulberry Property Update

Last year, plans were presented to the neighborhood for a new mixed-use building at the corner of Texas and Mulberry Streets - 1137 Mulberry Street. Concept Architects, the group behind the Germantown Chiropractic building on Milton Street, is heading the development.

The camelback shotgun on the property will be demolished and a new structure will take its place, however, the plans for the new structure have been the center of debate.

Original plans showed a three-story building with space for retail, a possible yoga/pilates studio, apartments, and/or short term rentals.



After concerns that the building was too large and did not fit within the aesthetics of the neighborhood, the firm made revisions to their initial plans.

Dan Spitler with Concept Architects, representing building owner Eric Carrico, attended the February SACC board meeting to present the most updated renderings of the project.

The updated renderings now reflect a two-story building, as opposed to the originally proposed three, as well as more stonework and less glazing on the lower level.



The building's proposed use would be shared office space on the first floor and short term rentals on the second (the plans show a total of three short term rentals, each with their own balcony).

There would be no parking on the property. Since the property sits on the corner, there are five eligible spaces for the property on the street. Those 5 spaces fulfill the parking requirement for the structure, according to the city.




After the board's discussion, Mr. Spitler emailed the following list of comments and concerns he had taken away:
  • Add more street trees, and perhaps a tree or two in the easement
  • Reduce the overhang at the balconies
  • Start a conversation about materials/colors/aesthetics.  The committee offered to assign 1-2 people to consult with us as a focus group.
  • Discuss some general guidelines for operation of the AirBNB’s and the We-work.  For the AirBNB, quiet hours and max occupancies for each unit.  For the We-work, hours of operation.
  • Some of the attendees wanted to know if the conference room in the We work would be available to rent by the general local public.  
Mr. Spitler also added, "We are looking forward to working with you and the neighborhood to make this a successful project."

While the details are not finalized, the project will be moving forward with the new concept. There will not be additional public meetings held to gather public input on the project.

If you would like to submit comments for the project, email info@conceptarcs.com.


27 comments:

  1. I personally think this is a great thing to have. Very multi purpose. Not to mention the great look and curb appeal

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  2. I don't think it is something that is needed in the neighborhood. Schnitzelburg/Germantown have been gentrified enough already!

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    1. I live on the same block as this proposed building. It doesn't fit.

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    2. Anonymous19.2.19

      This is utterly baffling to me. There are literally two-story corner buildings a block away, two at Hickory/Lydia and one at Hickory/Ash. If this doesn't fit, nothing does.

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  3. Anonymous19.2.19

    What a gross out of place building. Goodbye parking

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  4. Yes- gentrification is running rampant in this area... but it’s changing in so many ways most of which are huge positives for this neighborhood. Bringing folks into this area, welcoming them really with new architecture and venues..will not only revitalize it for the current occupants but for the visitors and new residents that will surely come. We need this, I’m a resident of the area, we need positive real estate moving in, people with good intentions for the neighborhood and it’s Residents. I think this isn’t a great start and not welcoming it could be a mistake for our community.

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    1. ** is a great start **

      Sorry for the typo guys.

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  5. Only problem I see is not enough parking spaces for a business, plus rental apartments

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  6. Anonymous19.2.19

    I think this buildimg will be an amazing asset to the community. One of the things I love about our community is how welcoming it is...I'd hate to lose that part of who we are because of some parking spaces.

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  7. I think this building looks great! Properties like this raise the value of the whole neighborhood and make people want to live here. Its a shame that a small group of (anonymous) people have so much power over decisions that affect everyone. I'd love to see this turned into affordable office space for small businesses.

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  8. Why this building design stuffed in this corner lot? There are other locations where parking could be available too. I just don't understand why this design that does not blend in at all. And why ruin a perfectly good house on a nice double lot. It just doesn't make any sense.

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  9. With Germantown- Schnitzelburg being centered around a diverse age group - it’s an AMAZING project. One of those offices may be a CPA to handle taxes for some older folks who cannot travel so far while the yoga studio provides a close and personal studio for a young bright minded teacher who will help raise our youth.

    Please don’t reject this blended community and embrace it!
    Thanks
    Thomas

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  10. Anonymous20.2.19

    Brings big improvement over existing. Lots of open parking along Texas Ave. all hours all days. As mentioned above - many similar size 2-story buildings set on many adjacent corners - but most existing not kept up or maintained to modern standard and not brick/stone. This one may start a trend to improve the others.

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  11. What a great idea! Love the esthetics of the building. Beautiful add to the community.

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  13. Anonymous14.3.19

    I lost money on my house when I moved out of this neighborhood. I can't help but think that I wouldn't have if we had more people investing in buildings like this one.

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