THE WEDGE — Plans for the retail component of a new mixed-use project planned for the heart of Uptown call for a single 20,000-square-foot store, although the developer is not revealing what business is likely to occupy the space.
Daniel Oberpriller of CPM Development told the Lowry Hill East Neighborhood Association (LHENA) Zoning and Planning Committee Tuesday he plans to request a variance to allow for just one retailer to occupy the ground floor of the seven-story building. Replacing the Uptown Cheapo at 1300 W. Lake St., plans for the building also include office space and 124 apartments above two floors of underground parking.
Oberpriller wouldn’t reveal who he’s negotiating with to fill the retail space, but promised several times that neighbors would be “pleased.” The design of the building would allow for entrances on both Lake Street and Lagoon Avenue, he added.
The bulk of the building will be six-stories tall, but the mezzanines planned for several two-level apartments on the top floor bring the building’s total planned height to seven stories, topping out at 84 feet above street level. Although the Uptown Small Area Plan developed with resident input several years ago envisions buildings that tall in the neighborhood’s core, CPM still will require a conditional use permit to go that tall because of the block’s C3A zoning.
The proposed maximum height of the building is roughly the same as The Walkway, an adjacent apartment building.
Oberpriller added he plans to apply for one more variance to increase the maximum floor-area ratio of the building.
Some of the tallest portions of the building are at its corners, features Oberpriller described as “towers.”
Several at the sparsely attended meeting objected to the way the towers would dwarf pedestrians, arguing that it would create an unpleasant sidewalk environment. Oberpriller said he would take the critique into consideration.
The project is slated to go before the Planning Commission Committee of the Whole June 18.