Just north of Kendall Yards, a new apartment building, the College Avenue Apartments, is rising out of a former vacant lot. Located on the 1300 block of College Avenue, this high-design building will feature 27 apartment units totaling roughly 33,000 square feet. Designers at HDG Architecture say that a strict budget resulted in a clean, simple design for this wood-framed development. And indeed, constructing the building to the street and including bike racks and other pedestrian-oriented amenities will certainly be appreciated in this urban environment.
We visited the site on Sunday, and have construction progress photos below.
About two floors of the ultimate three have been constructed, with balconies and window overhangs beginning to take shape. A small crane is assisting Vandervert Construction in lifting beams and other materials into place. Note the short setbacks from the street, accommodating a more urban, pedestrian-oriented environment.
On the other side of the street, Greenstone is deep into construction of another phase of the more suburban-style Highline Apartments. These units feature extremely generous balconies and are set a bit further back from the street, making for a slightly less urban feel.
The College Avenue Apartments are scheduled for completion and occupancy in the first quarter of 2018, and this is exactly the type of infill development we’d like to see in other neighborhoods in the future.
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS: 27 more units may not seem like a lot, but they will further build out an already apartment-rich block. What do you think of the interplay and contrast between the Greenstone-constructed Kendall Yards units and the HDG-designed College Avenue Apartments? Which do you prefer? Share your thoughts in the comments below, on Facebook on Twitter, or in person. We love to hear from you!