Big Reveal: 169 W. Utica St.

Sinatra & Company Real Estate is partnering with Essex Homes to convert the former Cadet Cleaners facility at 169 W. Utica Street into 18 apartments and commercial spaces. The Preservation Council will review the plans tomorrow.

Fourteen one-bedroom units and four two-bedroom units are planned. Four of the units will be two-story. A 614 square foot small commercial unit is offered along W. Utica Street.

From the project request:

The existing parking lot at the rear will be repaved and serve as a hard surfacing surface for the environmental remediation work plan. As shown on the State Historic Preservation Office combination drawing set, aluminum clad timber windows will be introduced along all elevations and we intend to incorporate additional detailing that was original to the storefront on along the west side of the south elevation. Although we are not required to appear before the City Preservation Board, we would like to make a courtesy presentation as we navigate the historic tax credit process.

Bought in 2016, the developers had bigger plans for the site, including the demolition of the existing building. A four-story, 54-unit condominium, Atlantic Central Commons, was proposed but abandoned. The developers backtracked and completed the remediation of the property.

The site is east of Elmwood Crossing, reusing former Children’s Hospital properties. Sinatra and Essex along with Ellicott Development are working on a multi-phase mixed-use project comprising twenty townhouses almost opposite the Cadet Cleaners site.

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