Two planned mixed-use developments would add a combined 265 residential units to the booming Capitol East District.
The Livingston Lofts is the working name for a four-story building proposed by T. Wall Enterprises and JLA Architects & Planners for the corner of East Livingston and Mifflin streets. It would include 189 dwelling units.
About five blocks away, McGrath Property, JLA Architects and SAA Design Group are proposing to build Few Street Lofts, another four-story building with 76 dwelling units above a ground floor of commercial space at the intersection of East Washington Avenue and Few Street.
Those projects will come before the city’s Urban Design Commission on Wednesday, along with a proposal by the Ho-Chunk Nation for a new branch office on the Southeast Side.
The Livingston Lofts would be built above a single level of parking. The building would be wood framed with flat roofs across the fourth floor.
“Where the building steps back on the third floor we are exploring the options to have pitched roofs on either the Dayton Street side or both the Dayton and Mifflin Street sides,” architect Joseph Lee of JLA Architects said in his proposal.
The Few Street Lofts plan calls for the removal of part of the existing building at 1212 E. Washington Ave.
The remainder of the building, a unique barrel-vault structure that the developers refer to as a “hidden gem,” would be refurbished for potential uses ranging from office or retail space to a restaurant or bar.
In addition to the 76 residential units, there would be 1,230 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.
Lee said the project teams for both developments have met with the Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association and city planning staff and intend to formally submit proposals to the city Plan Commission by Feb. 18 for approval onApril 20.
Construction on the Few Street Lofts is targeted to begin in May with occupancy by April 2016.
The Ho-Chunk project calls for a 17,000-square-foot building at 4724 Tradewinds Parkway that would consolidate functions currently being offered in rented facilities across Dane County, according to the proposal by Bauer & Raether Builders and Eppstein Uhen Architects.
The Tradewinds Parkway building would be used to house the district administration offices, youth services, tribal aging services, indoor recreation and social events.
The site south of the Beltline and east of Highway 51 was selected for its proximity to Ho-Chunk Gaming Madison at 4002 Evan Acres Road near Interstate 90-39.