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Bonuses could make way for a 17-story tower in Spruce Hill

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According to the Civic Design Review proposal

By proposing a number of bonuses, a developer plans to build a 17-story mixed-use tower in Spruce Hill on a site that’s zoned to allow for a building that’s no more than five stories tall.

That’s according to a design proposal posted to the Civic Design Review website ahead of its March 7 meeting next week. The 240-unit project, developed by CRP Builders and designed by KCA Design Associates, LLC, is slated for 4125-4136 Chestnut Street, which is currently a Wash ‘n Lube car wash that would be demolished.

The design proposal for this 17-story tower in Spruce Hill would include public space.
Rendering by KCA Design Associates, LLC

The 16,213-square-foot site is currently zoned CMX-4, which allows for a building less or equal to five stories with one or more dwelling units. A series of FAR bonuses would allow for the proposed building to be more than three times that height. Per the design proposal, these are the bonuses:

  • Affordable housing: Some of the 240 studio and 1-bedroom units will be below market-rate. Every unit will have a private balcony.
  • Additional parking: The project calls for 82 parking spaces (plus 80 bike spaces)
  • Percent for Art public art commission
  • Transit improvements
  • Public space

That comes out to a total gross floor area bonus of 186,458.81 square feet, according to the document. The affordable housing bonus, in particular, was added to the city’s zoning code in 2012. Developers who voluntarily incorporate subsidized units in their projects qualify for height bonuses.

The project goes to the Civic Design Review next Tuesday.

Update 2/28/16: The design proposal has been removed from next Tuesday’s Civic Design Review agenda.