Updated East Calhoun development design released

A new design for the Edgewater, a six-story, 23-unit condominium building at West Lake Street & East Calhoun Parkway, was released at a January meeting of the East Calhoun Community Organization (ECCO).

The new design has three fewer units and features an exterior with more stone and less glass. A green roof, which will capture approximately 70 to 80 percent of runoff, will also be part of the project.

In addition, the new plans also show the building’s top floor will step down from six stories to four on the west end, closest to Lake Calhoun’s shore.

Developer Clark Gassen, president of Financial Freedom Realty, said the design changes come from the work project’s neighbors and his desire to differentiate the building design from other new buildings in town.

Last year, the ECCO and CARAG neighborhood groups withheld support of the project, which the City Council ultimately approved. (The East Isles neighborhood voted to support the new development plans.) Critics had voiced concern about the project’s height and that the design featured too much glass in an otherwise traditional-looking district.

Gassen said 13 of the 23 units have been sold. The condos are 1,300-3,000 square feet and start at $700,000, though some exceed $1.2 million. He recently added a 24-hour-a-day concierge due to buyer demand.

For more information about the project, visit www.gatewaytouptown.com.