Just west of those buildings, across a new Waterfront Drive, will be four buildings holding 172 apartment units. Retail, restaurants, cafes and other commercial space is planned on street levels and riverside levels of all the buildings.
And all the buildings will have varied facades, according to the developers.
Tree-lined Waterfront Drive will run north to south, roughly paralleling the river – although buildings will stand between it and the waterfront.
The developers plan to extend both Allen and Furnace streets down to the river through their project.
Wharf Street, a service road, will run along the train tracks at the west side of the property. It is being designed to connect to any future development south of The Waterfront.
Twiggar explained the developers are acquiring a 24–foot wide strip of land next to the tracks so Wharf Street can be moved closer to the tracks and so they can add a running trail that will loop for more than a mile around the property.
Buying that strip also is allowing them to widen Waterfront Drive, so they can have angled parking on both sides of the street.
Twiggar said that will create more parking spaces than parallel parking, “which we believe is critical to the retail development of the restaurants, the shops, etc. The more spots we can provide on the street, the better service we can provide to retail users down there.”
Hefele said some feel angled parking “begins to resemble a parking lot,” but planner Anthony Toth said it creates less congestion than parallel parking.
As part of The Waterfront project, the planning commission unanimously voted to recommend that City Council approve vacating a short piece of Sycamore Street just west of where it ends at the railroad tracks.
Developers of The Waterfront are Dunn Twiggar Company, LLC; Michael Dunn Co., Ltd., and Jaindl Properties LLC. They have formed a partnership called Waterfront Redevelopment Partners LP.