Lorig Associates, the developers behind the planned Green Lake Village apartment community set to go up over the old Vitamilk Dairy site (Woodlawn between NE 71st and NE 72nd Streets), stopped by the Green Lake Community Council meeting tonight to share some new information on the community.
Bruce Lorig spoke and took questions regarding the property, and explained the timeline a little more clearly for those of us who have been wondering just how much longer the hole will be, well, a hole. Excavation was slow due to the large quantity of groundwater and diesel fuel that had to be pumped away from the site for construction to begin. Another 10-15 ft of digging is still needed, and then construction of the building is slated to begin mid-February 2012.
The community, which will house 298 apartments over 50,000 square feet of retail, has already secured its anchor tenant in PCC Natural Markets. Although PCC currently has another Green Lake location, a representative for the store let us know tonight that studies have allowed for the sustainability of both stores (the current store is overcrowded). PCC will occupy 25,000 square feet of retail, and the remaining 25,000 square feet of space is allocated for neighborhood businesses, including over 1/3 of the space slated for restaurant space. Green Lake residents should anticipate the new PCC to open sometime in the third quarter of 2013, if the timeline remains unchanged.
The new site has been aesthetically designed with an exterior mix of hardi-plank and metal siding, with about 1/3 of the homes having some form of balcony or patio. It will be built as three separate buildings, with a resident’s plaza in the middle and a public pedestrian corridor from Woodlawn. WG Clark is signed on to be the general contractor.
Attendees at the council meeting look over artist's renderings of the building
Most of the attendees at the Community Council meeting were pleased to see the design and learn more, but several concerns were also brought up. Although the building will have 450 parking spaces to be used for both tenants and retailers, some neighbors are worried about the added parking and traffic coming in. During the lease-up process, the building owner plans to offer out monthly parking rentals for additional income.
Another major concern brought up tonight was the plan for handling both rain and ground water, which will be drained into the common sewer/storm water runoff drains. Lorig is aiming to have the building LEED Silver certified, but this certification does not require them to recycle storm and groundwater and the recycling of this is an expensive process. At this time they have no plans to do this, but will have many other “green” features in the community.
This project is of special interest to me as a real estate broker dealing a lot with new construction, so I will be sure to follow the progress and keep you updated as I learn more. In the meantime, I’m just really excited to get a PCC I can walk to!