Plans for redeveloping the historic Kelly Springfield Building to include three stories of prime office space in Capitol Hill didn’t run into any major roadblocks during last Wednesday’s East Design Review Board meeting.
Legacy Commercial is taking advantage of rules set by the Pike/Pine Conservation Overlay District that will allow it to add three stories on top of the Kelly Springfield Building, as long as the character of the original structure is preserved. The structure and the White Motor Company Building were granted landmark status in 2015. Legacy will also construct a five-story addition in a parking lot to the south.
Ankrom Moisan architect Phillip Bozarth-Dreher told the design review board the landmarks board responded favorably to preservation work that will be conducted inside the Kelly Springfield Building, not just the facade, and also plans to replicate historic windows on the second floor and sconces on the first floor.
The ground floor remains slated for 12,000 square feet of retail.
The design review board early on opposed a departure request for two garage doors — one for loading and the other for the structure’s 34 parking stalls — so one perforated coiling door is now proposed, Bozarth-Dreher said. Electric Coffin Company is designing a tire tread print for the door that matches the old tires formerly used in the building.
Electric Coffin co-founder Patrick “Duffy” DeArmas told the design board the design could be printed vinyl or painted on with a protectant for easy cleaning.
There will also be 74 stalls for bike parking in the garage.
The back wall facing west will have white corrugated metal on top and concrete on the bottom. Bozarth-Dreher said a mural had been proposed previously, but the design board was not in favor of it. Resident Andrew Haas asked the review board to reconsider.
“Capitol Hill has a funky character to it, and that helps brighten up the space,” he said, “and helps a local artist leave a mark on the neighborhood.”
The review board did not reconsider its earlier decision.
Pike/Pine Urban Neighborhood Council chair John Feit said plans for the Kelly Springfield Building have been in the works for the past four years, which was time well spent creating a design PPUNC fully supports. Having daytime office use will help balance the Pike/Pine corridor’s nightlife, Feit said. There will be 65,000 square feet of office space, and it’s unclear currently whether one or multiple tenants will lease the space.
Monique Lofts resident Fred Bookstein said he’s concerned about the garage location, which will be right next to the garage for his condominium to the south. He said he doesn’t want to see delivery trucks backing into the Kelly Springfield garage on 11th Avenue, potentially blocking in Monique Lofts residents.
“I think the overall design is fantastic,” said East Design Review Board member Curtis Bigelow. “It’s just a nicely done, thoughtful rehabilitation and renovation.”
The board did take note of the building’s signage, hoping for something less bulky and more easy to read, and plans for sidewalk plaza areas.
Landscape architect Phoebe Bogert with Place Studios said the design calls for layered plantings and plaza pullouts to correlate with retail and the lobby entry.
Bigelow said the inclusion of seating and other amenities along a wider sidewalk seems “rife for less than attractive activities.”
“That’s my concern, having spent many nights in this neighborhood,” he said.
Review board member Natalie Gualy said such a statement could be made about any area in the Pike/Pine corridor.
Click here to see the complete design package presented on Jan. 25.