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Josh Bilder has been making the rounds sharing updated redevelopment plans for the East End Theater in advance of going before Planning and City Council for a Special Use Permit. The ordinance for the SUP is to be introduced in September, which should put it before Planning and Council in October. Aspects of the design will be before CAR at their August 27 meeting.
The proposed redevelopment would convert the theater and a new construction addition into 22 market rate apartments and a commercial space. The apartments would be predominately 1 bedroom units at 630 square feet, with a number of 2 bedroom units at 890 square feet. The theater lot is zoned UB, and is adjacent to areas zoned R-63.
The new proposal resembles the initial design from earlier in the year, though important changes have been made in response to feedback from the community and the Department of Historic Resources. Now in the hands of the Lawrence Group out of New York, the project now has 22 apartments (down from from 39), 3,450 square feet of commercial space (up from 1,275), and the new addition to the side is both smaller and set back from the street. Also, every unit includes an operable window at eye level.
Bilder is seeking the SUP for 4 aspects of the project:
- To allow for the 33 foot height of the addition
- To allow the 26 foot side yard (current UB zoning only allows 15)
- To allow the ratio of residential to commercial uses (proposed is 5 1/2 to 1, UB allows 3 to 1)
- To waive the rear yard setback requirements (would like addition to be able to match the theater)
As with any new development, parking has been an area of concern for this project. The theater location os grandfathered for 38 parking spaces, and the city says that they’ll need to provide 3 offsite parking spots because of the new addition. Off-street parking will not be offered on lots across the street owned by Bilder, in response to concerns voiced by neighbors.
The theater was built in 1937 and has been vacant since 1970.