Dave Reid

Storefront Design Updates

By - Apr 11th, 2011 11:38 am
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788 N. Jefferson St.

788 N. Jefferson St.

Two small projects, one in East Town and the other on the East Side, are currently taking an existing poor design situation and attempting to activate the street through new designs.

The 788 Building, at 788 N. Jefferson St. in East Town, has long been a closed system, unwelcome to pedestrians, and disconnected from the street.  Even after the recent remodeling of the building’s facade the building still failed to connect to the street particularly well. The new design, by Matt Rinka, Rinka Chung Architecture, will add light and visual interest to the facade.  Additionally, a section of the building, which will be opening as a new bar called Belmont Tavern, will feature doors that, much like the doors at Taylor’s across the street, better connect the indoor and outdoors.  This design invites pedestrians into the building, while extending the bar into the public realm.

Crank Daddy's

Crank Daddy’s

On the East Side Crank Daddy’s is moving from Farwell Ave. to 2170 N. Prospect Ave., and is redefining the existing building’s connection to the street in the process.  The existing structure was either built during a time of little zoning, or simply with little consideration for the street as the building is setback from the street behind a surface parking lot.  The new design, by Chris Socha, The Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc., attempts to correct for this mistake by creating a bicycle court to activate the space with customers and bicyclists.  Further, the design includes a small covered bike parking structure which helps to create a partial street wall along the sidewalk. The store will open this week.

Both of this projects are small, but interesting as they attempt to take an existing building and make it better.

Categories: Real Estate

4 thoughts on “Storefront Design Updates”

  1. CJ says:

    Love the new Crankdaddy shop, fills in a hole on that street, expanding the activity down the street… unfortunately they leave a big hole down on Farwell in a large gap of undeveloped property.

  2. Mitch says:

    I am glad to see the Crankdaddy’s project bring some life to that side of Prospect. However, the building setbacks on the East side of Prospect Ave in that area is really killing the sidewalk life. In places where setbacks cannot be changed there needs to be better edge conditions to screen the asphalt and better define the street edge.

    The biggest hole on Prospect is the former Prospect Mall. The building is falling apart (cracked EIFS, graffiti, and broken windows) it is an eyesore that drags down the whole neighborhood. The owner has been asking far to much for the property especially that the building has little economic value and will need to be torn down.

  3. Dave Reid says:

    @Mitch Yup, and I think the bike facilities that Crank Daddy’s is installing will help alleviate the setback issue.

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