Lander proposal for 2320 Colfax not a good fit for neighborhood

There is another side to the issue of the 2320 Colfax Avenue proposed redevelopment that is not being raised and that is of the neighbors who have to live with the results.  While we do not support the tear down of the two historic homes, we also do not want to look at another ‘me too’ apartment building.  And while we respect the rights of the landowner to try to sell his buildings, this project is not the right one for the northern half of Lowry Hill East. 

Speaking for myself and many of the neighbors who live within a block of the proposed Lander project do not support another unimaginative  ‘modern’ 4-story building in a street scape of single family historic homes.  The original Landers design was to be six stories, ‘green’, and have 45 units.  Then it was downsized to 4 stories with the same amount of units.  That makes the size of the average unit less than 500 square feet, an efficiency not a 1 bedroom apartment.  A high price rental for not much design nor space.

The proposed exterior design does not take into account that it will be next to the proposed historic district and that in spite of what Lander states, there will be 30 to 50 more cars vying for on street parking in an already overloaded street scape. 

To date the project has not been approved by council nor the LHENA board.  Lander apparently was told by the council that the project will require four variances which was not told to the LHENA board. 

The article also states that 2320 Colfax ”has been too damaged both in and out” and is totally inaccurate.  Many photos and testimonials by both Anders Christensen, Jepson house movers, and others  proved to the HPC commission that the house still retains many features though hidden behind exterior siding and interior sheetrock.  It is a very sturdy house fit enough to be moved should that be a result of any project going forward.

For us, the neighbors, it is not only about preserving a 100 year old stately building but also about a project that is intrusive and has little imagination.  A row of townhomes with historic details would be a much better choice.  Better yet, rehabilitate the existing structure back to the grand lady it once was into boutique office spaces or several outstanding condominiums.

Lowry Hill East is currently taking the full brunt of the redevelopment of the Greenway  by adding over 1000 modern units to an already saturated market.  People want to reside here because of our historic charm.  Lose the historic fabric and we become just another short term bedroom community.  Enough is enough.

Kathy Kullberg
LHENA resident and historian