Two new multifamily townhomes, one of them with corner retail space, are under construction in a section of Francisville that has seen plenty of new development over the last year.
All that construction is by design, if you will: the neighborhood’s community development corporation, the Francisville Neighborhood Development Corporation (FNDC), states that its mission is “to improve the quality of life in the Francisville community through commercial and residential development.”
In contrast to some of its sister organizations, however, the FNDC actively promotes private-sector redevelopment in the neighborhood. These new buildings are just one example of many under way.
The buildings at 843 and 847 N. 16th Street (between Parrish and Ogden, not far from Ridge Avenue or Poplar) are being built by the owner of the lots, Anthony Miles. Miles purchased 847 in late July 2009 for $9,000; 843 changed hands in May of last year for $45,000, according to Public Record. Each four-story structures will have a basement, roof deck and penthouse.
The structure at 847 will have retail space on the first floor and three apartments above, while 843 will have four apartments.
As the picture makes clear, 843 is well on its way towards completion while 847 is still being framed.
Miles previously attempted to develop these lots in 2010, proposing five-story, 56-foot-tall structures that required zoning variances. The Zoning Board of Adjustment granted the variances, but work on the projects never began. These two structures are being built by right. L&I issued construction permits for both in November 2013.
Photo by Sandy Smith