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People Inc. Revises Design for Linwood/Lafayette Project

After push back from neighborhood residents, People Inc. has returned with a revised design for its senior apartment project at the southeast corner of Linwood and Lafayette avenues. The three-story building will include 37 one and two-bedroom apartments ranging from 700 to 925 square feet. There will be a small community room with kitchenette at the main level of the building and parking for 37 cars at the rear.

A previous design with prominent bay windows has been replaced with one that has stacked patios.

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More from the application to the Planning Board:

“To date we have attended five community meetings; have met with the preservation board twice; and have refined our overall scheme three times. As of writing this, the building was approved by the historic preservation board at their 11/10 meeting, with the understanding that we will refine the look of the individual apartment patio areas. We are working with the preservation board, via special subcommittee, to ensure that when we go back to the board on December 1st, we will have a vetted and approved solution.”

The project is designed by Long Associates Architects.  It will occupy a surface parking lot that was part of the Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital site.

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  • Josh Robinson

    I don’t necessarily think the previous design was that bad, but this revised one looks like a subtle improvement. Good things can happen when a developer is willing to listen to the community, and the neighborhood is willing to advocate for better design.

    I’m sure some in the community will never be happy with the scale of this project, but it is a welcome addition of density to this end of Linwood. Built it!

  • UrbanLove

    Good project: infill of a parking lot and increased diversity of residents in the area. The architecture is fine.

    • Texpat

      I agree on the parking lot infill, but the architecture is not fine. We have seen what suburban projects poorly conceived have done to the city. We continue on a failed path?

  • Texpat

    Suburban Dallas in 1985 called and they want their apartments back. Seriously, is this the best we can do? Check out the shoreline project for a better conceived historical replication…..