Status: UNDER CONSTRUCTION
Owner: North American Properties
Design: Genesis Group | m+a architects
ETA: June 2018
Value of Improvements: $35,000,000.00
Description: The proposed development is the demolition of the current JH Dowling Lumberyard site and the construction of a five (5) story, 115-unit (414 Bed) student apartment development with a multi-level parking garage. The entire build-out will be approximately 330,000 SF. As the name suggests, its theme will incorporate elements of the original J.H. Dowling Lumberyard that was located on the site. The property is zoned UV (University Urban Village District) and are located within the MMTD (Multi-Modal Transportation District), Downtown Overlay. North American Properties is responsible for over $154 Million of development in the Gaines/Madison Mile area with projects such as The Axis, The Block, The Court, The Deck all collectively known as Stadium Centre. NAP has also assembled property for two more student housing projects on Gaines Street. Project previously called: The Lumberyard.
Looks like a standard NAP building, but maybe a different overall color scheme.
Really wish these places would add some interest to their architecture, but I get it - they're trying to make as much $$ as possible.
I must say I agree with you in regards to the excitement of the design of these NAP projects. The designs lack character, IMO, and there's hardly any vertical articulation. Many design manuals I've read would classify these buildings (Block, Deck, Court, and now the Edge) as undesirable designs and then there's the color schemes. I don't know if there was some color scheme established for the Gaines Street district that has to be strictly adhered to, but that dark tones almost cause the buildings to vanish to my eye. I really appreciate the color at the intersection of Gaines at Railroad. If you're coming from FAMU Way heading north those really stand out and work well together. But as you begin down Gaines going west... the colors of the buildings almost render them invisible which to me works against what we're/they're trying to do on Gaines. Fortunately, colors can be changed easily. Hopefully they take a look at things once the road is built out and make a few tweaks. Its still early so I won't be hard on them yet.