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December 2020

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Spacious condo unit includes 2 parking spaces

On the market for the first time since the original owners bought it over 45 years ago, unit 343 at 65 Grove St. offers the opportunity to own a spacious condo in the immaculately maintained Wellesley Green complex .

The 1,815 square foot unit has the largest floor plan available in the complex and offers serene views over the manicured grounds. The two bedroom, two bathroom unit has excellent storage and an office adjoining the living room provides a desirable private space for working from home. The unit also includes two notarized parking spaces in the underground garage.

Joanne Baron of The Shulkin Wilk Group / Compass is marketing the unit for $ 950,000.

Wellesley Green is located next to Fuller Brook Park and a two minute walk to the shops, restaurants, train and Wellesley Square public library.

The condo development was built in three phases from 1972 to 1974 and has 149 units spread over three four-story residential buildings on seven acres of land surrounding a central courtyard. There is also a pool and club room for residents.

Early one morning in December after a heavy snowfall, workers were out in force at the well-managed Wellesley Green condo complex. The sidewalks were cleared, the outdoor parking lots and the roadways were cleared of snow and a manager walked around the site to supervise the work. Wellesley Green’s on-site staff consists of an on-site manager, a building maintenance superintendent and building cleaning staff. The entrance to the caretaker’s house is open 24 hours a day.

The building's glass doors open into an attractive lobby.

The building’s glass doors open onto a huge four-story atrium. Open balconies overlook the lobby to create an airy and modern atmosphere in the building. The individual mailboxes of the residences are located in the vestibule of each building which has an elevator and a staircase to access each floor.

There are six units per floor.

Unit 343 is on the third floor of the quiet building and is sunny, spacious and ready to welcome owners to add a sophisticated and fresh decor to make it their own.

The front door opens into a hall with wooden floors which leads to a carpeted living room. There is an entrance to the kitchen on the left. A large closet in the foyer is one of the condo’s many generous storage spaces.

The office is next to the living room and includes a picture window with lovely views.

The living room measures 15 by almost 27 feet and has oversized glass doors leading out to a balcony with stunning views of the grounds. The dining room opens onto the living room and has wooden floors and a door to the outside hallway which serves as an emergency exit.

The kitchen is light and airy with white counters, wooden cabinets and tiled floors.

The kitchen is light and airy with white counters, wooden cabinets and tiled floors. There is a double stainless steel sink and appliances include Hotpoint double ovens and electric range, GE refrigerator and Kitchen Aid dishwasher. The washer and dryer are also located here. There is a door to the dining room.

The dining room is next to the sunny living room.

The office is located next to the living room and includes a bay window with views of the field, a walk-in closet and a door to the rear hallway.

The living room includes a balcony with stunning views of the well-maintained park.

Both bedrooms are located off the hallway which has two large closets and a full bathroom. Both bedrooms have floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the landscaped gardens. The master bedroom measures nearly 12 feet by 17 feet and has two walk-in closets and a full bathroom. The second bedroom is roughly the same generous size and has two wardrobes.

There is additional storage near the unit’s parking spaces in the underground garage.

DETAILS

Address: 65 Grove Street, Unit 343, Wellesley

BR / BA: Two bedrooms, two full bathrooms

Cut: 1,815 square feet of living space

Age: 1973

Price: $ 950,000

Tax: $ 11,329

HOA dues: $ 1,145 per month

Characteristics of the house: On the market for the first time since the purchase by the original owners, this Wellesley Green condo offers the opportunity to make it your own with stylish new decor. This unit offers the most spacious floor plan in the 149-unit complex with two bedrooms plus a living room, kitchen, dining room and a private balcony overlooking the immaculately maintained grounds. There is abundant storage space and two notarized underground parking spaces are included with the unit. The complex has 24 hour security, club room, swimming pool and additional storage space for each unit. Walk to Wellesley Square, train, restaurants, shops.

Near: Hunnewell Primary School

Contact: For more information, contact Joanne Baron of The Shulkin Wilk Group / Compass at 508-904-4822 directly or [email protected] This house can be viewed by appointment.

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RTD Tackles Parking Spaces To Justify Transit Failures – Complete Colorado – Page 2

Denver’s Regional Transportation District (RTD) lost 68 percent of its transit riders last April due to Colorado stay-at-home orders. Rather than obeying orders, some RTD staff visited some of the so-called transit-focused developments along its rail tracks and found – gasp! – 40 to 50 percent of parking spaces were empty. They concluded that these parking spaces were a waste and that they should be removed, maybe filled with more mid-rise housing.

According to RTD report, they counted the parking lots between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the middle of a week in April. RTD’s reasoning seems to be that since everyone was supposed to stay at home, any empty space meant no one really needed those spaces.

But Colorado home order had many exemptions including (among others) “going to work if you are an essential employee”, “obtaining food and other household necessities”, “participating in outdoor recreation at a legally safe distance mandatory six feet or more from other parties ”, and even go to“ cannabis and liquor stores ”.

One thing that was not exempted was nosy surveys of other people’s lifestyles to see if they fit well with the New Urbanist vision of how Denver residents should live. This can hardly be called “critical work” and someone should charge RTD for breaking the stay-at-home order.

Reports from the RTD study indicate that parking spaces cost $ 25,000 apiece and if they weren’t used it was a waste. False: it is the price of a space in a parking garage; parking spaces around many of the facilities studied by RTD generally cost only $ 5,000.

Speaking of waste, RTD pointed out that it “has spent more than 5.6 billion dollars on seven railway lines”. (Which is wrong: It’s actually closer to $ 8 billion on its rail lines so far – even more when factoring in inflation – but that counts the costs when it comes to rail transport of any kind. way?) Anyway, RTD seems to believe that people shouldn’t be outside driving their cars; they should take the RTD trains!

Public transport advocates who oppose parking lots often blame the minimum parking requirements in zoning rules. But RTD admitted that many developments had more space than required by local zoning. He blamed it on bad banks, which refused to lend to developers unless they put enough parking spaces to attract potential tenants.

RTD’s basic complaint is that the developers “aren’t producing the kind of transit-focused development we’re seeing on some more mature systems across the country.” What systems are these? Those in parts of New York City that are home to 100,000 people per square mile? Or those in Portland who are heavily subsidized to offset the losses developers expect from building apartments without sufficient parking? Maybe the Denver developers are more interested in producing what they can sell and rent, not what RTD planners think people should live in.

Perhaps RTD’s report would have been more valid if they had counted the number of empty parking spaces between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. rather than between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. They did a few counts between 9 p.m. and midnight, but they did those in September, when many bars, restaurants and other nightlife venues had. reopened. RTD clearly designed this study to create the appearance of a crisis that does not exist in order to justify the billions of dollars it wasted on rail transport.

Randal O’Toole is an analyst of spatial planning and transport policies, senior fellow at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC and director of transportation policy at Institute of Independence, a Denver free market think tank.

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How parking garage conversions can help fight overbuilding

The excess supply of parking spaces for office buildings continues to be inefficient in terms of capital expenditure and material waste.

I first wrote about the unrealistic parking ratios expected by the real estate brokerage community in 2018. Brokers continue to operate on the principle of protecting the tenants they represent, and CMBS lenders continue to regularly dictate parking requirements that far exceed the current or future needs of corporate office facilities. Four parking spaces per 1,000 rentable square feet of office space is an outdated standard that has resulted in hundreds of thousands of rarely or never used parking spaces.

One of the area’s most successful developers, Granite Properties, has completed a formal study in its Granite Park which continues to serve as a relevant measure and clearly identifies the problem of excessive parking in suburban office buildings. His study found that 2,600 parking spaces at his mixed-use complex had never been used.

BOKA Powell estimates that the order of magnitude of the investment in this unused space is equivalent to just under $ 40 million: 28,000 cubic meters of concrete placed, 144,000 man-hours spent on construction and 819,000 square feet of rigid, single-use concrete structure. Opponents say that as buildings age, the tenant category drops a notch or two, resulting in more office uses at the back of the house (i.e., office space).

But will he do it?

Vertically integrated podium parking

It is likely that after COVID, parking demand trends will continue as they did before, indicating an increased reliance on rental cars, carpooling and the use of public transportation. Autonomous vehicles are likely to become more common over the next decade, and the demand for car parking will decline over time.

So what is the alternative to the single use parking structure?

The solution is to integrate podium parking in high and mid-rise office buildings vertically in its simplest form. Rather than imagine converting parking spaces into offices, imagine building future office base and envelope spaces and use part of the building for parking until those parking spaces are no longer needed.

Office buildings and parking lots are fundamentally different types of occupancy and types of construction. The differences are substantial and include different heights from floor to floor, different live loads (surprisingly offices require 2.5 times the load capacity), floor flatness considerations, ventilation, requirements temperature control, fire extinguishing systems and output requirements.

Ironically, many recently built garages are clad in materials designed to match the office buildings they support, including glass curtain walls, architectural composite metal panels, and architectural precast concrete. Mechanical ventilation of garages in these cases is common.

The more the garage matches the quality of the windows of the office tower, the easier it is to jump while protecting some or all of the parking floors integrated into the integrated structure.

Ideally, individual floors can be decommissioned as parking floors and returned to service as an office from the top of the garage down. Major technical challenges need to be overcome, such as the connectivity of the intermediate parking levels to the external ramps, as shown in the graph. Central cooling installations also need to be designed to accommodate future office conversion and require additional chillers, pumps and fresh air supply. Aftermarket elevator shafts may offer the flexibility to add elevator cabins and machines in conjunction with office floor conversions, or elevator capacity may be overloaded early on (if the number of floors to be converted does not exceed the capacity of the base building’s transport system).

Cost-benefit analysis

In 2020, the initial cost to add a floor of white counters ranged from $ 160 to $ 190 per square foot. The cost of building a conventional podium garage level, clad in materials to match the office building (but without increasing floor to floor height or increasing payload) ranges from $ 90 at $ 110 per square foot. Increasing the garage floor-to-floor height and payload capacity will add $ 20 to $ 30 per square foot. The initial overhead to build a future proof garage level will be $ 60 to $ 70 per square foot.

Therefore, consider the benefit of adding multiple floors of office space over the next decade, where the cost of converting to add bathrooms, ventilation rooms, power distribution, fiber distribution, and access. to elevators is less than $ 60 per square foot, compared to $ 160 to $ 190 per square foot (adjusted for inflation) to build additional office floor space.

If municipalities are serious about reducing the footprint of conventional, rigid and inefficient parking lots, they should consider offering an incentive in the form of tax credits or construction cost subsidies for sustainable garages.

I urge other members of the real estate community to join the fight for the right size parking lots and commit to providing thought leadership and further study to encourage the sustainability of parking structures and minimize the effects. long-term negatives created by overconstruction of the parking lot.

Don Powell is a partner and primary manager of BOKA Powell.

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Glen Cove may add time limits and reduce number of parking spaces at Brewster Street Garage

Delays may be coming in 2021 for some of Glen Cove’s Brewster Street parking garage spaces in response to concerns raised by the downtown business community about the impact of residential development.

The city is developing a plan to reconfigure the garage, which has 548 spaces, to limit 17 parking spaces to two hours and add handicap accessible spaces.

Mayor Timothy Tenke said at the Dec. 15 pre-council meeting that the two-hour parking limit and ban on overnight parking without a permit in the garage would “help our businesses.”

“Some cars sat there with blankets and inch-thick dust because they just sat in the garage,” Tenke said. “It takes up valuable space that could be used by people who want to visit our local business.”

The garage, which is free, will see public spaces reduced as the city has leased up to 75 spaces from developer RXR Realty, builder of the recently opened Village Square mixed-use development. The project, which is adjacent to the garage, includes 146 apartments. RXR Realty is leasing parking spaces in the city garage at an initial rate of $65 per space per month, city spokeswoman Shannon Vulin said.

Patricia Holman, executive director of the Downtown Glen Cove Business Improvement District, said businesses on School Street need to ensure parking does not become an issue as spaces are leased to RXR.

“One of the things Glen Cove, downtown has going for it [businesses] is that we have a lot of parking spaces available for our businesses, and it’s very important that we have a number of reserved spaces that will be for two hours of parking,” Holman said. “We don’t want people driving into the downtown area and not finding parking and then moving somewhere else.”

Joe Graziose, executive vice president of residential construction and development at RXR Realty, said the Village Square property — which is more than 60% leased — has 171 parking spaces. In addition to those locations, the developer is paying the city a minimum of 25 and a maximum of 75 overflow spaces in the city-owned garage, Graziose said.

“We don’t currently need any of them,” Graziose said.

Changing parking spaces in the garage to a two-hour time limit would require a hearing to change the city code.

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Glen Cove may add time limits and reduce the number of parking spaces at the Brewster Street garage

There may be delays in 2021 at some of the Glen Cove parking lots on Brewster Street in response to concerns expressed by the downtown business community about the impact of residential development.

The city is developing a plan to reconfigure the garage, which has 548 spaces, to restrict 17 parking spaces to two hours and add spaces accessible to people with disabilities.

Mayor Timothy Tenke said at the December 15 pre-council meeting that the two-hour parking limit and the ban on overnight parking without a permit in the garage “would help our businesses.”

“Some cars were left there with covers and dust an inch thick because they were just sitting in the garage,” Tenke said. “It takes up valuable space that could be used for people who wish to visit our local business.”

The garage, which is free, will see the number of public spaces reduced as the city leased up to 75 spaces from developer RXR Realty, builder of the recently opened Village Square mixed-use development. The project, adjacent to the garage, includes 146 apartments. RXR Realty rents parking spaces in the city garage at an initial rate of $ 65 per spot per month, City spokesperson Shannon Vulin said.

Patricia Holman, executive director of the Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District, said School Street businesses need to make sure parking doesn’t become an issue as spaces are leased from RXR.

“One of the things that Glen Cove, downtown has going for them [businesses] is that we have a lot of parking available for our businesses, and it is very important that we have a number reserved that will be for the two hour parking lot, “Holman said.” We don’t want people driving downtown. -ville area and not find parking to then move elsewhere. “

Joe Graziose, executive vice president of residential construction and development at RXR Realty, said the Village Square property – which is over 60% leased – has 171 parking spaces. In addition to those spaces, the developer pays the city a minimum of 25 and a maximum of 75 overflow spaces in the city-owned garage, Graziose said.

“We don’t currently need any of them,” Graziose said.

Changing parking spaces in the garage to a two-hour time limit would require a hearing to change the city code.

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The parking garage is starting to be built. What there is to know

A year after the demolition of the aging California Street parking garage, crews began work on Thursday on the foundation of a new six-story parking structure that is one of seven multi-story structures that will make up “Block 7” at the building. downtown Redding.

The huge redevelopment project is kind of a grand finale for the construction superintendent.

“I started my career here at Redding 45 years ago. I worked on the Mt. Shasta Mall, ”said Bud Shope of Modern Building Inc. as cement trucks fed the workers concrete for the foundation. “So this will be my last job. It is a beautiful reference project to put an end to it.

Block 7 will include affordable and market-priced apartments, offices and commercial enterprises, and Shasta College programs. The project is a development of the McConnell Foundation and K2 Development in partnership with the city.

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Prepare to pay to park in the new downtown garage

Shannon Phillips, chief operating officer of the McConnell Foundation, said the new parking lot is expected to be completed by the end of next fall. And it will open when finished. There will be 398 spaces for building tenants and the public.

The old California Street Parking garage had 650 spaces. But a 75-space lot at the south end of the old parking structure opened in September, and the city leased other lots from downtown owners to help deal with the parking shortage. .

Phillips said it would cost money to park in the new garage.

Crews used a cement chute on Thursday, December 10, 2020 to begin foundation work on a new six-story parking structure that is part of the Block 7 project in downtown Redding.

“We are working closely with the city,” she said. “So we haven’t set a rate of pay for the parking structure. “

Crews pour foundations from this month

Shope said the first foundation slab will be poured on December 18, and the second slab is expected to be poured on January 8. After the foundation has broken down, workers can start building the parking lot.

“We were blessed with the weather. It was a very good fall, ”he said. “We push really hard because once the slab is poured, we are kind of wintered. “

Preview of what’s to come for Shasta College in May 2021

Meanwhile, work on the five-story north tower is slated to begin this spring with an expected completion date of May 2021.

Aerial rendering of the proposed building as it would be seen on California Street.

Shasta College will occupy three floors of the North Tower for various programs, including its community leadership center, community education and kinship program, said school president Joe Wyse.

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Phillips said there was a chance the two-year college would occupy the entire North Tower. But that will depend on whether Shasta can get federal tax credits for new business to “acquire the five floors,” she said.

For years, the college’s University Health and Health Sciences Center operated downtown at the north end of the Market Street promenade.

Summer 2022: downtown receives affordable housing

Work on the three separate buildings that will include 78 affordable apartments will begin after construction of the North Tower begins, Phillips said.

The three buildings will each have three and a half stories and will take around 18 months to complete, meaning the apartments could be ready for tenants by the end of summer 2022, Shope said.

Cement manufacturers are working Thursday, December 10, 2020 on a new six-story parking structure that is part of the Block 7 project in downtown Redding.

There will be two other buildings. When will they be built?

The market-priced four-storey apartment building with shops and offices on the ground floor will be located to the south between the parking garage and the affordable apartment buildings. A start date for this building has not been determined.

The seventh building will be at the southern end of the project, where the 75-seat land is now located. But Phillips said it hasn’t been determined what will be built there, so the parking lot will remain in place in the interim.

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David Benda covers business, development and everything else for the USA TODAY network in Redding. He also writes the weekly column “Buzz on the Street”. He is part of a team of dedicated journalists who investigate wrongdoing, cover the latest news and tell other stories about your community. Join him on Twitter @DavidBenda_RS or by phone at 1-530-225-8219. To support and support this work, please register today.

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New municipal ordinance allows restaurants to set tables in parking lots

City Councilor Amir Farokhi said: “We have seen this succeed in cities across the country and are delighted that it is now an option.

A new ordinance passed by Atlanta City Council on Monday, December 7, gives restaurants a way to serve more diners, allowing them to apply for a permit to place tables on the sides of streets where parking spaces are currently available. .

“I hope this is a small thing we can do to increase the chances that restaurants will survive the pandemic,” said Amir Farokhi, city councilor for the 2nd arrondissement. “We have seen this succeed in cities across the country and are delighted that it is now an option.”

Al fresco dining in Atlanta is nothing new, and even sidewalk dining has been allowed, but it takes that to another level.

“What this essentially does is create a formal mechanism for restaurants to ask the city to allow them to use a public parking lot to dine outside of their restaurant,” Farokhi said.

He adds that the loss of parking spaces was not a deterrent for so many people using carpooling services or walking or cycling. Plus, he said drivers have plenty of other options for parking.

“There is a large parking lot in the city of Atlanta,” he said. “It’s usually just a parking lot, so you need to know where to look.”

The Farokhi neighborhood covers parts of downtown, Midtown, Inman Park, Candler Park, and Virginia-Highland, areas densely populated with restaurants trying to survive.

“I hear from them all the time, looking for ways for them to expand beyond their own four walls,” Farokhi said. “I am excited about the life it (the new concept) will bring to our sidewalks, streets and streetscape.”

Farokhi says restaurants that wish to participate must register with the city’s transportation department. He says the order is temporary but hopes that if successful it can be made permanent in 2021.

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Proposed TOD project of 36 units with 15 parking spaces & 2 or 4 affordable apartments. in Jefferson Park receives mixed reviews – Nadig Newspapers

by BRIAN NADIG

Tenants of a proposed 36-unit apartment building with 15 parking spaces at Northwest Highway and Carmen Avenue in Jefferson Park are expected to pay between $ 150 and $ 300 per month for a parking space, and those who live in the four-bedroom apartment building floors would not qualify for a residential permit parking permit for side streets in the area.

Project lawyer Paul Kolpak told a virtual community meeting on December 3 that the goal is to provide “an economic deterrent” to potential renters with cars given the limited number of spaces. parking on site. He added that the building would be registered with the city clerk’s office as “ineligible” for the parking permit in the event that a tenant attempted to apply for a permit. According to residents, there is currently no parking permit on Route du Nord-Ouest.

“It’s a huge assumption (that tenants wouldn’t have a car),” said one resident. He added that existing residents in the area are “playing musical chairs” looking for parking and Carmen is a busy street at rush hour, making it difficult for pedestrians to cross.

Kolpak said the building would target young professionals looking to live in a market-priced apartment near a transit hub and who may not qualify for affordable housing due to their income level.

The zoning code would require four affordable housing units for the project, but the developer is considering making a partial buyout of the requirement, reducing the number of affordable units to two, according to Kolpak. Affordable housing, offered at below-market rents, is geared towards households earning up to 60% of the region’s median income.

A resident asked that the project include more affordable units given the density of the project. Kolpak noted that there will be a significant number of affordable units across the street at 5150 N. Northwest Hwy., Where a 75-unit mixed-income complex is under construction.

The building would be constructed on a vacant 11,749-square-foot lot at 5071 N. Northwest Hwy., Which was rezoned in 2007 to RM-4.5 to accommodate a 14-unit building with a 14-space underground parking garage. However, it was never built.

The current project developer is seeking additional density allowances and reduced parking requirements due to the site’s proximity to the parking lot at Jefferson Park Metra Station, 5020 N. Northwest Hwy., And the Jefferson Park CTA Terminal, 4917 N Milwaukee Ave.

Normally, the proposed B2-3 zoning would not allow more than 29 residential units, but according to the city’s transit-oriented development guidelines, the maximum would be 39 apartments.

In addition, normally one parking space per unit is required, but this is waived for TOD sites. No parking would be required for this project.

Rents would be around $ 1,000 for studios (350 square feet), $ 1,200 to $ 1,400 for one-bedroom units (478 to 627 square feet) and $ 1,500 to $ 1,750 for two-bedroom units (628 to 708 square feet), according to Kolpak. . Half of the units would have one bedroom, 15 would have two bedrooms and three would be studios.

In addition, a roof terrace is planned, but there would be no balconies, and six of the 15 parking spaces would be in a garage, the parking being accessible from Carmen or an alley. There would also be an elevator.

About 75 people attended the meeting, and the overall reaction was mixed, with some praising the project’s TOD concept and others saying it would be too dense.

“We have improvements to make,” said Alderman James Gardiner (45th) after the meeting. “I take everyone’s ideas into consideration” before a decision is made.

One resident said the project would be an improvement over the existing vacant land there, while another expressed concern that the building could hamper efforts to improve the neighborhood’s ‘walkability’. . She recommended that the building be further back from the sidewalk. Along Carmen, it would stretch 1 to 3 feet from the sidewalk.

Meanwhile, there have been some objections to Zoom’s “chat room”, where comments can be written during the meeting, being closed to the public. Moderators said the questions and comments written in the chat were being read and people could not speak while their question was being read.

The site is located just blocks from several approved or proposed development projects, which include 75 units at 5150 N. Northwest Hwy., 48 units at 5342 W. Argyle St., 114 units at 5306 W. Ainslie St., and 192 units at 4930 N. Milwaukee Ave.

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