Developers Peter Spellios and Neal Howard have filed plans with the BPDA to replace a parking lot at West 2nd and Athens streets with a five-story, 55-unit residential building - and two parking spaces for the two cars they will own that residents can rent by the hour.
In their filing, the developers say the sort of urbanistes their building will attract will not likely have cars, given the quick walk to the Red Line and bus lines - and the attraction of a bicycle room with enough space for 61 two-wheelers and a dedicated pick up/drop off area for ride-hail cars. But, they add:
There are times when your own vehicle is the most convenient mode of transportation. To address those specific moments, the Proposed Project will provide off-street parking for two cars that residents will be able to opt in to using as a private car share.
Residents will have access to a rooftop deck. Seven of the units will be rented as affordable.
The developers originally wanted to put in something a lot taller:
The initial Proposal reviewed with the PDA and the various stakeholders was a 115 unit high rise building. While height was not a concern, there was some concern regarding the unit density coupled with the lack of parking. The feedback from the initial outreach is reflected in this Application for a revised and reduced 55 unit development to address the feedback of the BPDA and other important neighborhood stakeholders.
West 2nd Street small-project review application (9.1M PDF).
Proposed plaza out front: