Axia Urban pitches live-work

August 12, 2008
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Talbott CommonsLocal developer Axia Urban is planning a three-building project that would give the corner of 22nd and Talbott streets a whole new look. The plans, submitted by landowner Woodland Realty Co., call for two new buildings and a complete renovation of a historic theater northwest of the intersection. The new buildings would replace vacant lots on either side of 22nd Street. (Image here shows one of the new buildings, at right, and the renovated building, both along 22nd Street.) Each of the buildings would have two live-work units consisting of ground-floor retail or office space and a 2-bed, 2-bath condo upstairs, said principal Gary Levine. The developer hopes to start construction on the project, dubbed Talbott Commons, within the next year. It bought the former theater from the city. A final approval of the plans is scheduled for Aug. 20.
  • Where is this relative to Talbott Street Bar?
  • I really like this!
  • Talbott Street is on the South East corner. As far as I know, the only Historic Theater in the area. Are they building on the south west corner Parking lot? Not sure if Talbott Street is still in business? If Talbott is the Renovated Theater. WHAT is it going to be renovated into? Look like good infill. Hope it works out.
  • One of the project's buildings will be just north of the Talbott Street bar, east of Talbott Street and south of 22nd Street. The two others are across 22nd Street and west of Talbott Street. The building to be renovated is boarded up but apparently served as a theater at some point. The building actually forms a T with Talbott Street... Check out Google Street View to get a better sense.
  • Excellent to see development happen on this site. Hopefully this project gets approved. This is the kind of development that needs to seep back into the downtown area.
  • nice project. As someone who has been the Talbott St. Bar, I don't know if I'd want to live across from it.
  • This is great for the neighborhood! I'm very excited about this project and like the design.
  • From the Google Street View, it looks like the image on this post is looking at the NW corner of the intersection and the building to be renovated is the white one on the left. The brick one will be new.

    What a great project.
  • CorrND: Exactly.
  • Just a random question, perhaps a bit off topic. Why do all renderings seem to include a mini cooper or toyota prius sitting on the street?
  • Looks great. Good scale. Good relationships between the new and old building. This will definitely be a positive development for the neighborhood.

    Now if we could just get the Talbott Street club to restore their facade. That used to be a nice little building. :-)
  • I love Axia's work! ( They rock. I would like for Axia to rehab the apartment building that is for sale at the southwest corner of 22nd and Delaware.
  • Matt:

    1) Gotta include a car and people in there for scale.
    2) Would you rather there be a hummer or a VW wagon? Architectural renderings thrive on the trendy, so why wouldn't a Prius and, OF COURSE, a VW bettle be in there? Hell, they should put a big Apple logo on the outside of the new building, just for good measure...
  • I like this project.
    It includes the renovation of a very handsome structure and construction of a handom(bet less ornate than the historic structure.) infill structure.
    We need more development like this. I like it. Nice organization, good brick work, attractive lines, etc. I like it a lot.
    It would be nice to see the little club across the street have it's facade restored to it's former early 20th century look.
  • What a wonderful project. Kudos to Axia!
  • I think it's a great infill project for that area as well. It will be nice to have some potential retail at that intersection. I know renderings are not always completely accurate, but I do wish they would put some trees along the street in front of these buildings. That seems to be something a lot of new construction doesn't include. It's such an easy step and makes a big impact visually. But, other than that, seems like a pretty good project for the area.
  • This looks very well done. Nicely proportioned, contextual and not designed to mimic the adjacent historic building. This looks to be IHPC-quality infill just outside the IHPC boundaries. I hope this trend continues elsewhere.

    I agree with gobucks#1 in general, but if you drive by the site, the sidewalk looks very tight. The architect might not have had enough room for planting trees. That's too bad because those storefronts are going to get some serious sunlight and it doesn't look like awnings are part of the package.
  • The portion of the project on the southside of the street is in Herron Morton and has already been IHPC approved. The commission also thought this was a great project.
  • Here is a link to more info on the Talbott Theatre.
  • Great infill project for this neighborhood.
  • Talbott Street Bar is still in buisness and busier than ever! This is great. Didn't a building also get approved for the lot that borders TSB fronting along 22nd, or is that part of this? Either way, filling in those corners will be fantastic. NOW, if we could get the drycleaners at 22nd & Penn redevloped in conjunction with the parking lot for TSB, this corridor would be awsome!

    What about 22nd & Delaware's NE corner? There was some commercial structure proposed there many moons ago.....
  • Thanks, Indyman, for the link. I have many fond memories of the Black Curtain Dinner Theatre and that area in the late 60s and early 70s.
  • CoryW, why does a long-time neighborhood-serving retail business on a retail corridor need to be redeveloped to fit in with new development around it? Every city plan that covers the area calls for 22nd Street to be a neighborhood retail corridor, and professional people still need to have their wardrobes maintained professionally. You do NOT want a drycleaner in a mixed-use building.

    It seems to me a perfect use for a converted gas's not parking-intensive even though there is a lot of in-out traffic. It is pedestrian-friendly, it serves the immediate neighborhood as well as nearby commuters, and it's well screened with mature trees. It's in scale with the surrounding development. It's not over-parked. It might need a coat of paint and an awning, but that's not a reason to fire up the demolition crew.

    Perhaps you don't realize yours is the kind of comment that turns some people off to planners and planning.
  • Obvioulsy you misunderstood my post. I understand that the business serves the area. I used to live at 21st and Alabama and used it often and believe that a drycleaners is just fine for a neighborhood commercial use. My point was that the intersection would benefit greatly by tearing the structure down and redeveloping the site (in conjunction with the surface lot for TSB) with a mixed-use building that was designed similarly to these proposals. That would create a very pedestrian friendly corridor and give a nice mini-canyon feel to that stretch.
  • CW, I get your nice-to point. I think you missed my point.

    Again: nice-to suggestions from planners that clearly ignore on-the-ground reality can turn people against plans and planning.

    The drycleaner is obviously needed and supported RIGHT WHERE IT IS. That use has no place in a mixed-use building, for chemical-safety (vapor-intrusion) reasons. So the needed service established for a long time in a small single-user building on a small lot on an odd corner may just be the highest and best use of the site regardless of the neighborhood design aesthetic.

    In short, I disagree: the corner would NOT benefit from tearing down that building and dislocating that long-time business.

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