Plans are finally moving forward on a project we first brought to our readers in September of 2018.
The proposed project consists of a single 3-story apartment building with 36 units on an existing 1.06ac lot currently occupied by a single-family residence (which will be razed). Site development will include parking areas totaling 54 spaces and including areas for required Fire Department apparatus access and on-site stormwater detention and treatment. The building will be approximately 35ft tall and provide 27,000 sqft of space.
The proposed building is of contemporary design and features a three-story gable-roofed mass housing 36 apartment units and associated storage units and an attached single-story common facility area.
The main building mass is oriented perpendicular to E.Barnett Rd and is clad primarily with painted cement-fiber shingle siding accented with areas of painted cement-fiber lap siding delineating outdoor spaces. The outdoor areas are cradled in a series of notches carved into the larger building volume providing vertical relief to the horizontality of the primary building mass. Each unit is provided with a substantial amount of glazed area.
The composition of the fenestration and the differing textures and colors of the various building cladding materials help to break down the scale of the overall building mass and provide a great deal of visual interest. The roof is covered with an earth toned composition shingle chosen to match the color and texture of the primary cement fiber siding material. The single-story commons area features large expanses of storefront glazing.
This long planned project will provide market-rate housing to the busy E.Barnett Corridor, with transit and walking options to nearby medical facilities. Building could begin as early as this spring once all city conditions are met and approved.
Courtesy of the City of Medford and ORW Architecture