Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation is starting restoration work on one of the properties it recently purchased in the Elmwood Village while it prepares a redevelopment plan for neighboring properties. In coming days the company will initiate a series of structural integrity improvements and rehabilitation efforts at the recently acquired 587 Potomac Avenue. As CREC moves forward with its proposed mixed-use development plans for the Elmwood/Bidwell project, the company intends to once again engage the community by hosting a public information session on November 9.
Ciminelli is working with Abraxas Inc., a local restoration and rehabilitation firm, to handle initial building restoration work on the building, which is known locally as the former Sunday Skateshop. The Potomac Avenue structure, as well as other components of the surrounding properties, will remain part of the company’s proposed mixed-use development project slated for the area of Bidwell Parkway, Elmwood and Potomac Avenues.
“Our decision to save and rehabilitate the Skateshop building is a result of the feedback we’ve received from area neighbors, and our commitment to delivering a cohesive project that fits the character of the surrounding neighborhood,” said Amber Holycross, senior development manager, Ciminelli Real Estate Corporation. “We’ve really been listening, and the many conversations to date have shaped and informed how our project has evolved and come together. Abraxas has an impressive background in restoration and we’re pleased to partner with them on this effort.”
Ciminelli will be unveiling its draft plan for the larger reuse project on November 9. The public meeting will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church, located at 875 Elmwood Avenue. At this session, Ciminelli and other project partners, including HHL Architects, will unveil the development plans for the eleven property parcels purchased by the company.
Substantial public feedback will be gathered at the session through comment cards, a project website, interactive display booths, a presentation, and one-on-one dialogue.
“We’re eager to share the details of this amazing development with the Elmwood Village,” continued Holycross. “Our proposal truly maintains the integrity of the area and has a scale that appropriately fits with the surrounding neighborhood. I’m excited for residents to see how the project will complement both the vitality and street energy of Elmwood and the beautiful Bidwell Parkway setting. From the beginning, our company has committed to making this a robust and transparent process, and the upcoming public information session on November 9th is reflective of that pledge.”