June 24, 2014
Northside Welcomes Gantry
Vice Mayor, Community Partners Break Ground On New $13 Million Development
This morning in Northside, community partners broke ground on a significant new project at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Blue Rock Road.
Called Gantry, this project represents $13 million in private investment. It includes 130 rental units and first-floor retail and restaurants, which is the largest commercial private sector, new construction project in Northside in many, many years.
The Northside community in partnership with Milhaus Development, CR Architecture, and the entire development team put together an exciting plan that will offer a number of great benefits to the community. It will create quality housing options to meet pent-up demand and increase the variety of offerings in Northside.
This development will create grand restaurant and retail spaces with fantastic opportunities for outdoor seating, fill a gaping hole in the Hamilton Avenue streetscape, and bring increased pedestrian activity to the business district.
"Milhaus is really proud to boast a track record of working with neighborhoods to design each and every project to its specific tastes and characteristics. Gantry has been no different, and we are elated with the result," said Jake Dietrich, Project Manager for Milhaus.
The project will adhere to principles of good urban design, and it will preserve an historic building on Langland Street.
"Northside is in the midst of the biggest development boon it's seen in 100 years. The Gantry project has been a decade in the making, and is the product of numerous community conversations. We are excited to see more housing coming to the heart of the business district," said Ollie Kroner, Northside Community Council President.
"This is exactly the kind of development that can transform neighborhoods. Active involvement from the stakeholder group throughout the planning and design process makes this a win-win scenario," said Jeff McElravy, Interim Director, Trade and Development. Project completion is anticipated by the end of 2015.