New Apartments for Prospect Ave.
Qdoba and surface parking lot would be converted to 80-unit building under plan.
Under a proposal released Monday, a six-story apartment building would replace a Qdoba restaurant and surface parking lot along N. Prospect Ave. Designed by Rinka Chung Architecture, the project would include 80 market-rate apartments. The project is being developed by Robert Joseph and his firm Joseph Property Development.
The building is the third major apartment building in the area for Robert Joseph. Joseph developed The Overlook on Prospect apartments (52 units, Miller Architectural Group) in the former Prospect Mall starting in 2013. The firm also is putting the finishing touches on the Edge on North apartments (39 units, James Piwoni Architects), built on the site of the former Pizza Man restaurant.
The site, 2214 N. Prospect Ave., was formerly used as parking for the Prospect Mall, and is now rented out as hourly and monthly parking. The Qdoba restaurant was constructed in the northwest corner of the site in 2003.
Plans include 73 parking stalls on a lower-level accessed from N. Prospect Ave. and 63 stalls on the first floor of the building accessed off E. Ivanhoe. Pl. The northwest corner of the site at N. Prospect Ave. and E. Ivanhoe Pl. would include almost 10,000 square-feet of retail space. The current restaurant on the site has a size of 2,520 sq-ft according to city records.
Apartments would be a mix of two and one bedroom units. Designs for the building indicate that the building would be built in an L-shape, with the bulk of the massing along N. Prospect Ave. to match Joseph’s The Overlook on Prospect directly across the street.
The project is required to comply with the design standards of the East Side Architectural Review Board, which will meet Friday to review the project.
The site was previously a finalist during the 2008 request for proposal process for a new University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee residence hall. Boulder Venture, in partnership with Doug Weas, proposed an eight to ten story building for the site, which was sharply rebuked by neighbors during a September 2008 meeting. UWM ultimately selected the Cambridge Common’s proposal for the new residence hall.