Scaled-back proposal for Northeast apartment building heads for city approval

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November 1, 2013
By: Ben Johnson
Ben Johnson

A six-story, 56-unit apartment building has been proposed to be built on a small parking lot at the corner of First Avenue NE and Second Street NE.

A 10-story, 95-unit building at the site was already approved by the city in 2011, but increasing construction costs made that proposal less viable, according to Dan Hunt, the developer proposing the apartment building.

"When we went in with a 10-story, that takes steel-frame construction, and we thought it would just be marginally more expensive than doing wood-frame," said Hunt. "After we got the approvals and did some more pricing we discovered that using steel framing was less viable, so we went back to six stories: one story of concrete and five stories of wood."

The building will contain 80 percent studio and one-bedroom apartments and 20 percent two-bedroom. Parking will be handled by the three-story parking garage next-door.

The first round of city approval for the new proposal will be on Nov. 4, when a public hearing is held at 4:30 p.m. in Room 317 of City Hall.