The Pike/Pine Urban Neighborhood Council is putting its support behind the latest designs for preserving and redeveloping the Kelly Springfield Building.
Constructed in 1917 by the Kelly Springfield Truck and Tire Company, the Auto Row building was later occupied by REI and then Value Village. The Capitol Hill Arts District, Velocity Dance Center and One Reel temporarily repurposed 30,000 square feet of the building as an arts and meeting space. V2’s final event was last week’s Punk Rock Flea Market.
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, adding office space that PPUNC president John Feit says Capitol Hill is sorely lacking.
PPUNC has been kept apprised of the development’s progress for a long time, the last being during its October meeting.
Before going before the East Design Review Board for a final recommendation on Jan. 25, Ankrom Moisan architect Phillip Bozarth-Dreher and managing principal Mack Selberg previewed the latest design for PPUNC in the hope of receiving a letter of support.
“I think this is probably the best project we’ve seen, of all the ones taking advantage of the conservation district overlay,” Feit said.
The ground floor remains slated for 12,000 square feet of retail, Bozarth-Dreher said, which could be for one or two tenants. Architects are considering the possibility a restaurant will take up that space.
Heavy timber will remain a strong feature of the original structure, and an original window on the second floor will be removed, restored and replicated for replacing the other windows not originally part of the landmark building.
“That is so great, can I just say? That is awesome,” said developer Liz Dunn, who preserved and repurposed the old Chophouse building into Chophouse Row. “That is really great. It will make the building.”
The Kelly Springfield Building will also include replicas of historic sconces, Bozarth-Dreher said.
The back wall facing west will have white corrugated metal on top and concrete on the bottom.
“At the EDG, we showed a mural on the wall,” Bozarth-Dreher said, “and, for whatever reason, they did not like the idea of a mural.”
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. Without alleyway space, 11th Avenue is the only street where the garage can be placed.
Bozarth-Dreher said developers are working with an art group to create a large tire print on the garage door.
“It’s like a big, bold graphic, where I think everyone will be immediately able to tell what it is, Bozarth-Dreher said, adding artists hope to use a tread design similar to the tires the old truck and tire company produced.