After wasting half a day going back-and-forth to the big orange home improvement megamart trying to repair a single-handle Moen bathtub faucet (insert string of expletives here), my wife asked me the question, “Are there any more hardware stores anymore?”
How timely! Because just as she said those words my phone, which was previously in a continuous loop of plumbing repair videos, concidentally lit up with an incoming e-mail from River North Spy Brian, with photos of the soon-to-be-rubble Clark and Barlow Hardware Store building:
As you can see, soil sampling is underway in the former hammertorium’s parking lot for the new Onni Group skyscraper blandly known as 353 West Grand.
If you hate parking podiums, then you’re going to start kicking puppies when you see this one.
Even though the people at FitzGerald Associates like to poke fun at us for lamenting about Chicago’s podium problem (We saw your April 1 newsletter!), because the downtown street grid gets all squirrely in this area, the block is extra long. Which means the Pappageorge Haymes-designed building will give birth to Podiumzilla, stretching a couple of hundred feet along Grand Avenue. The result is a project 32-stories tall, and about 30-stories wide.
But enough of the Debbie Downer talk. The fact is that this is going to be a great addition to downtown’s western gateway. Speeding off the Ohio Street feeder ramp has become 72% more awesome in the last five years as more and more towers have gone up in River North. It’s starting to look like when you take BC99 over the Granville Bridge into downtown Vancouver and you’re suddenly surrounded by a forest of residential skyscrapers twinkling in the night. If you don’t get it, that’s OK. The folks at the Onni Group do; and this is their baby.
Here’s a recap of the rundown we gave you back when this plan was first approved:
- Developer: Onni Group, Vancouver, British Columbia
- Architect: Pappageorge Haymes
- Landscape architect: Daniel Weinbach Partners
- Address: 353 West Grand Avenue
- Stories: 32
- Maximum height: 368 feet
- Height to top of podium: 54 feet
- Retail space: ~15,000 square feet
- Residences: 330
- Residential parking: 206 spaces
- Retail parking: 65 spaces
- Loading docks: Two (one retail, one residential)
- Loading dock access via alley off of North Orleans Street
- Residential garage entrance: via West Grand Avenue
- Retail garage entrance: via alley off of North Orleans Street
- Residential entrance: via West Grand Avenue
- Floor are ratio: 8.75
- Studios and convertibles: 106
- One-bedroom apartments: 60
- Two-bedroom apartments: 110
- Two-bedroom + den apartments: 52
- Penthouses: 2
- LEED Silver goal
An earlier version of this article stated Legat Architects made fun of us for hating on podiums. It was actually FitzGerald Associates who called us out in their April Fool’s Day newsletter for being podium punks.