The Matteson Companies and GFI Partners today filed plans with the BPDA to build an eight-story R&D building on what is now the Amrheins parking lot on West Broadway - and the single-story part of Amrheins, while saving the four-story apartment building housing the rest of Amrheins.
In their filing, the developers say Amrheins would continue to operate in the remaining space as a bar and cafe - with the addition of outdoor patio seating, but without its own parking. The six apartments that now sit above the restaurant would remain.
The Project will preserve a beloved, older corner apartment building and replace the surface parking lot with a new mixed-use building, the Project will contribute to the revitalization of the Broadway Station corridor, and will complement both the existing neighborhood fabric and newer development projects.
The plans also call for retail space in the new building's ground floor and an underground parking garage with 25 spaces - for workers and visitors in the new R&D building. The Amrheins lot now has 44 spaces.
The new building will be constructed of "cross laminated timber" rather than steel and concrete.
The new building proposed as part of the Project is designed as a calm, rectilinear form, with a few intentionally placed massing articulations along the street edges to match the vertical nature of many of the buildings along West Broadway. The building façade will take cues from the existing brick warehouse language evident around the Project Site. It is anticipated that most of the building will be clad with a neutral-colored brick and will have a “calming” effect in a neighborhood with a variety of architectural styles, today.
The view from across Broadway:
The developers hope to begin two years of construction in the fall of 2021.
80-110 West Broadway project notification form (34M PDF).