Friday, October 14, 2005

Lofts Phase 2, Before

Yesterday I was able to tour the next phase of the 4th Street Lofts, Davenport Lofts, Crescent Lofts or whatever its called. The building I went through was formerly Roederer Transfer. My parents were able to go also, as my dad worked in that building in the late 70's. I was immediately struck by how similar all the floors were, except for the 5th. In the Crescent Building, every floor is a different height, and somewhat a different arrangement. This makes for 30-some different floor plans in a 73 apartment building. The next phase looks like it will be easier to have similar floor plans on each floor. The concrete ceiling has extremely easy to see impressions of the wood plank forms that were used when it was poured. The 5th floor was divided up sometime before the 70's into essentially the original Mini-Storage. Each of these small lockers or rooms has heavy iron doors that hopefully will be used in the final product. The freight elevator is quite functional still, and an adventure to ride. The pile of bricks and concrete is where a "test window" was cut through one of the walls to determine how easy this would be to do. They've also done test floor polishing, as parts of the building may have polished concrete floors. Estes Company should be starting to tear into things over there within the next few weeks, and soon we'll have another 50+ downtown apartments.

I want to give a huge thank you to Alexander Company for allowing this tour to happen, and Lisa and Scott for walking us through and operating the elevator controls.
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P.S. I had these all lined up so there'd be two next to each other all the way down, but Blogger apparently wouldn't have that..


Aloaber said...

Did the lack of parking issue for this building get settled? I believe it is a City requirement for a certain number of parking spaces be provided by the owner for any redeveloped or new building. Did the council role on this or did Alexander come up with a solution?

QuadCityImages said...

I'm pretty sure the council caved. I kind of see both sides, because there is a lot of street parking, especially at night when people are likely to be home. However... the first time I try to park in the Phase 1 parking lot and there are no spaces, I won't be a happy camper. Alexander needs to somehow get Tri-City's lot at 5th and Iowa directly between both projects. That lot would solve the parking problems for the whole area for the near future.