On Monday, Oct. 17, GGTA President Bill Hannan attended a public meeting at Pier 1 about the affordable housing project at 88 Broadway (at Front Street) that neighbors have been involved in shaping for more than two years now. Developer John Stewart presided over presentations by architects and program managers. Here is Bill’s report:
Size: In response to MOH, the total number of units for the 2 buildings (family and seniors) has been increased to 191. There is no increase in the size of the buildings, which continue to fit within the existing 6-story height limit.
Parking: Port representative Ricky Tijani announced that there will be no additional underground parking “for now,” as the Port does not want to delay the project. Current plans call for about 10 parking spaces.
Surfaces: The building exteriors will be cement board material. The family building will be a 2-tone color combination of rust-orange and pale-yellow, and the senior building will be pale-yellow.
Other: There will be a ground level playground in a courtyard of the family building. Solar panels, gardens and decks will be on the roofs. The buildings will be separated from each other by pedestrian walkways. A restaurant or café is intended at the corner of Broadway and Front, and a smaller café on the Davis Street side.
Schedule: Another public meeting will be held in about six months. If all goes well with City approvals, which take time, construction is expected to begin in 2019.
For more background and history on this, please see this Hoodline article.