Construction continues on AMLI Park Broadway’s edifice, located at 245 W. Broadway, with the project showing off its tangible side.
Developer AMLI Residential have constructed a six-story, which will feature 222 residential units—142 one-bedrooms, 40 two-bedrooms, 26 studios, and 10 lofts—above 8,500 square feet of ground-level retail space and an underground parking garage.
It was nearly five years ago I reported that the 1981 Veterans Memorial State Office on Broadway between Pacific and Cedar Avenues was set to become a mixed-use development that would revitalize a deadened strip after the space was purchased for $14M.
Following that acquisition, the $53M project formerly known as Parc Broadway was one of the first major projects announced but has been one of the longest to get off the ground; it was originally projected that the project would have been finished over a year-and-a-half ago.
The ground floor real estate will house the retail and communal spaces, including a bike kitchen, a cafe, and an art gallery; residents will also have the luxury of a private fitness center and dog grooming facility.
The fourth floor will provide residents a pool, outdoor fireplace, and cabanas with a southside view of the waterfront.
Aesthetically, the building intriguingly uses laser-cut metal sheets that read as shadows by the day but alter in lighted color at night. The creme brick, two-story lofts–the massing’s lowest point along Cedar Avenue–is a welcome bow towards the First Congregational Church across the street clad almost entirely in classic red brick.
The main organization of the building massing revolves around a west-facing podium courtyard–named the Sunset Terrace–with a community fire table and seating to watch passers by during sundown hours (or any time of the day really). The building is interconnected by exterior multi-level pedestrian passages, including the private alley that runs through the property acting as landscaped lane to access the lofts.