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Here comes the neighborhood

Residential loft project to occupy long-vacant lot in North Park

A residential loft project is planned for North Park, just east of Albertsons on University Avenue at Louisiana Street. The long-empty lot was originally listed last August at $895,000. Purchaser of the property was Morley, LLC. The seller was Sunland Real Estate, LLC.

According to Vicki Granowitz, chair of the North Park Planning Committee, “it has not been presented to the NPPC or our Urban Design-Project Review subcommittee, and none of us have seen it yet. So we haven't even begun the public process.”

Architect for the project is Jeff Svitak Inc., whose projects include the 14-unit Columbia Apartments in Little Italy, and Pio Pio restaurant in New York City. Morley, LLC is located at Svitak's office in Little Italy. Svitak did not yet have more details or preliminary architectural renderings.

Some North Park residents have described this rundown section of University Avenue — from Florida Street, eastward to around Hamilton Street — as ripe for redevelopment. There are a few old single-family homes left, some of them turned into business locations.

Danny Fitzgerald, vice president at Cassidy/Turley's Urban Strategies Group, sold the property effective June 4, 2014. Fitzgerald described the lofts development as “a work in progress” and emphasized that Svitak “is the lead on the development.”

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A residential loft project is planned for North Park, just east of Albertsons on University Avenue at Louisiana Street. The long-empty lot was originally listed last August at $895,000. Purchaser of the property was Morley, LLC. The seller was Sunland Real Estate, LLC.

According to Vicki Granowitz, chair of the North Park Planning Committee, “it has not been presented to the NPPC or our Urban Design-Project Review subcommittee, and none of us have seen it yet. So we haven't even begun the public process.”

Architect for the project is Jeff Svitak Inc., whose projects include the 14-unit Columbia Apartments in Little Italy, and Pio Pio restaurant in New York City. Morley, LLC is located at Svitak's office in Little Italy. Svitak did not yet have more details or preliminary architectural renderings.

Some North Park residents have described this rundown section of University Avenue — from Florida Street, eastward to around Hamilton Street — as ripe for redevelopment. There are a few old single-family homes left, some of them turned into business locations.

Danny Fitzgerald, vice president at Cassidy/Turley's Urban Strategies Group, sold the property effective June 4, 2014. Fitzgerald described the lofts development as “a work in progress” and emphasized that Svitak “is the lead on the development.”

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In response to Steve Brown's Facebook comment: I guess it's the result of the trend in many big cities now: of people moving out of the suburbs and back to downtown (and nearby neighborhoods). Even my hometown of Tulsa has seen major redevelopment in its downtown core, including a Gaslamp-type area that now has trendy eateries, galleries, condos, lofts, and even a Woody Guthrie museum! It takes vision and lots of money to do this, and the downside is that housing costs DO go up.

July 8, 2014

February 2, 2016 update: A construction fence went up today. That should keep out the homeless-camping, and stop the stupid taggers from defacing the wood fence.

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Feb. 2, 2016

Now there's excavation going on at the site

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March 4, 2016

May 15 update: The project is moving along quickly.

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May 15, 2016

November update: Wow, what a difference a few months can make.

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Nov. 6, 2016

April 9, 2017 update: It's topped out now, and exterior completion and inside work are well underway.

April 9, 2017

August 1, 2017 update: Finishing touches are being added to the exterior, which apparently is going to remain black with orange trim.

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Aug. 1, 2017

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