We may have an answer on the former "Nordstrom mall" and store! A new project for the footprint of the former store itself, and leaving the rest of the mall intact, is in the works.
|Question from February 2018|
As the Urban Renewal Agency, on Monday Council will consider "an exception to the maximum grant amount for the RDURA Capital Improvement Grant Program for a total grant award of $749,999 for a mixed-use housing project."
The redevelopment plan includes the demolition of the existing building, replacing it with new construction of a 5-story, urban mixed-use building consisting of 162 rental units, ground floor commercial space and approximately 32 on-site parking spaces.
We've seen plans stall and be abandoned before, so we'll have to wait and see for sure. But even so, as a serious proposal this is big news and exciting news for downtown. This is the kind of thing we need, even if it is all just market-rate housing. And on the surface appears to be a strong candidate for this kind of grant. Probably they would apply for the MUHTIP property tax abatement as well. We need more downtown housing and we need to fill the slack spaces and outright voids.
Separately, it is worth noting that the Historic Landmarks Commission awarded the "Ben Maxwell Award for outstanding example of new construction in a historic district" to the micro-apartments at State and Commercial.
Maybe things are really going to start cooking downtown!
Other items on Council agenda will get a second note, in particular a look at the Capital Improvement Plan, but this was worth a separate, stand-alone mention.
|Only the former store footprint is in play|
The tax lot information suggests only the corner that Nordstrom occupied will be demolished. The rest of the immediately adjoining mall, addressed 480 rather than 420, has separate ownership and is not part of this proposal.
Second Update, Wednesday
They've published the Council meeting and in it was a conceptual site plan the developer presented.
|Site plan concept, June 28th|
Some brief notes:
- A five story building, with zero or minimal setback
- About 30 parking stalls tucked inside, accessed off Center Street
- Only a small retail space on the ground floor, for a cafe or coffee shop.
- Downtown still needs more housing and more residents before the critical mass that will bring a grocery store
- A rooftop deck - with a gas firepit
- Council generally very appreciative, noting alignment with Climate Action Plan concepts, and approved the grant with a unanimous vote (2 absent)