Developers fine-tune 16-unit Lowry Hill East redevelopment

Owners of a West 24th Street and Dupont Avenue South commercial building containing a Stop and Buy market and a hair salon are fine-tuning their proposal to redevelop the Lowry Hill East property.

Their proposal has 16 residential units and 16 underground parking spaces. Co-owner John Parod said the building, built in 1902, needs to be renovated. "It’s a very old building and it’s really the end of its life cycle," he said.

Parod said he has made project adjustments based on neighbors’ input. He said he has addressed exterior-design concerns by making sure the design fits in with the look of the neighborhood and surrounding properties.

Parod said that he and co-owner Michael Fernandez want to polish their plans before bringing them before the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA)’s Wednesday July 17 meeting, 7 p.m., at Intermedia Arts, 2822 Lyndale Ave. S.

"If the neighborhood doesn’t like it, it’s not gonna fly," he said.

Stop and Buy employee Yasin Hihi said at LHENA’s June meeting that neighbors are worried about the increased traffic the development would bring. But Hihi is concerned that the owners will do away with his commercial space if the project happens.

"This is not good for me," he said. "I go out of business."

Parod said he is unsure weather the redevelopment will include a commercial component, but expects to know before LHENA votes. Neighborhood organizations advise the City Council, which has the official power to grant zoning changes.