New Building Proposed at Fourth and Centre

Proposed building at top; existing at bottom.

By Mike Lednovich

The city’s Historic District Council will review a proposal for a two-story retail/office building at the corner of South Fourth Street and Centre Street this Thursday.

According to the city staff report, the applicant seeks conceptual approval to construct a new two-story mixed use commercial structure with retail on the first floor and offices on the second floor.

The design vision statement is to create a “traditional commercial building in scaled and context with the Downtown Historic District.” As proposed the new structure will accommodate multiple retail and office tenants in approximately 5,000 square feet with a central lobby, elevator, and staircase. The exterior finish is proposed as painted brick veneer and stucco with wood and glass exterior doors and double hung fixed windows with exterior awnings with a flat roof. The applicant proposes wood horizontal slat fencing to screen the utility yard.

The property owner is Centre & Fourth LLC, and the architect is Miranda Architects.

Staff analysis of the application states: “The proposed structure complements the existing context of the developed block face, which is currently dominated by retail storefronts and restaurants. While historically, the 4th Street and Centre Street block consisted of a wider variety of uses, including single-family residences alongside grocery and bakery storefronts, the current streetscape reflects a primarily commercial character comprised of one- and two-story buildings.

“The proposed design adheres to the Downtown Historic District guidelines for new construction, specifically sections regarding storefronts, awnings, and architectural details. Therefore, Staff finds that the proposed structure to be consistent with the Secretary of Interior Standards, Downtown Historic District Guidelines, and Land Development Code.”

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Noble Member
6 days ago

that would be a nice addition

Active Member
6 days ago
Reply to  dman

Hi Dave! You haven’t been on here for a while.

5 days ago
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5 days ago

this picture of the new building does not fit in with the rest of downtown…maybe brick would fit better

Douglas M
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Douglas M(@douglasm)
5 days ago

I don’t think it looks bad at all. The Post Office is one of my favorite buildings and I don’t see many bricks there. A little variety in scenery is nice….

Noble Member
5 days ago

Nice design! Yes, I agree that brick is more appropriate, but then again, I’m not paying to have it built. Maybe the owner can find his/her way to use brick?

Albert Pike
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Albert Pike(@albert-pike)
5 days ago

Ironic that none of the usual anti development screechers are screeching about this. Must be one of candidate Poynter’s properties.

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