Mar 13, 2017
A cozy cul-de-sac just off North Kingshighway could see the rise of new residential development assuming applicants can satisfy design requirements from local preservation authorities.
Tucked behind the 42,000-square foot St. John’s Methodist Church built in 1902, the tract is slated to become home to eight new townhomes of three stories apiece in the 5000 block of the truncated street, according to Nextstl.com. The space for the new development is currently a parking lot adjacent to the former house of worship which will continue to host Link Auction Galleries, the enterprise which has called the structure home since 2014. Substantial residential presence already exists to the west of the site along the continuation of Washington Place.
Link’s building isn’t the only sacred structure which would neighbor the proposed development. If they become a reality, the townhomes would abut the architecturally significant Holy Corners Historic District, named for the numerous religious edifices in the area. As such, pressure from the city’s Cultural Resources Office has resulted in some adjustments to the blueprints to meet neighborhood guidelines.
A letter from the Central West End Association’s Planning & Development Committee has also lent some encouragement to the initiative calling the proposed use “appropriate for the site.” The missive to the city’s preservation board endorsed a preliminary green light for the plan while noting that material selection and other design details will play a key role in the success of the concept. It also recommended “further consideration” regarding the rear elevation of the property as well as additional input by residents of the street.