Our latest mixed use AUD project went in front of the ABR for its first look this week and was very warmly received. The project will provide three new rental units and a ground floor commercial space within a mostly 2 story structure. We presented colored floor plans, elevations, a perspective view and a study model along with photos of the area. The ABR members liked the style, size and location of the project and felt it was appropriate for the neighborhood. This is a great first step for the project! Now we can get to work on the more detailed drawings and continue to refine the design.
Our client had initially hired another Architect to put together a design for the site and after many months and several reviews, the planning department and the ABR still could not support the project as designed. It got even worse as we found out that the design was way over the clients construction budget and could not be built.
The client then contacted us because they liked our Funk Zone Lofts and Lama Dog projects and asked us to step in and start from scratch. We were honest with them and let them know that the project would need to be scaled back both for the City’s design review process and to meet the project budget. We removed one rental unit which allowed the project to be mostly 2 stories with a small third story and split the project into 2 separate buildings. We proposed a simple modern Mediterranean design without complicated details or expensive finishes. All of this reduces the budget dramatically. Splitting the building up gives the client the option of phasing the construction and completing the build out on their schedule.
We are excited to see how this project progresses! Stay tuned