Permits have been issued for the construction of a 150-unit mixed-use building at 2400-12 East Huntingdon Street (also known as 2400 East Huntingdon Street) in Olde Richmond, Kensington. Designed by KCA Design Associates, the building will rise seven stories tall, a height that was permitted via a zoning bonus for the inclusion of a fresh food market on the ground floor. An industrial-commercial space will also be located in the ground floor. Apartments will be situated on floors two through seven. In total, the structure will hold 122,500 square feet of space. An underground garage will hold 45 parking spaces, with three to be ADA compliant, and three more reserved for electric vehicles. The development will also include 50 bicycle spaces. Construction costs are estimated at $18 million.
The building will feature a modern exterior that will use a variety of materials. Red cladding will cover the majority of the façade, with alternating shades of panels forming contrast with one another. Red brick will be used on the bottom two floors as well in piers rising the building’s full height, which will add further contrast. The seventh floor will feature gray cladding. The most noticeable element of design, however, are the balconies rising in vertical bays, which will provide residents with outdoor space.
The new building will replace a vacant industrial property, one of many scattered throughout Kensington. This particular building features a red brick exterior and rises three stories at its highest point, although the majority of the structure stands one story high. A lone smokestack rises from the center of the building. Its demolition is unfortunate as the building appears to be a prime candidate for potential reuse, to be renovated and possibly filled with residential units and/or artist studios, industrial space, or some form of commercial element throughout the single-story portion.
The development has received major backlash at the time of its unveiling, which in part helped lead to a redesign, although the size and massing of the project remained the same (take a look at our article from October 2020 to see the prior design). A certain group of neighbors in the surrounding area formed a group titled Build Like You Live Here, a organization protesting against the planned building’s construction. The opposition criticized the proposal’s seven-story height in a neighborhood of two-story row homes, its use of a fresh food market for the height increase given the alleged presence of other grocery stores nearby, and the developer’s supposedly shaky track record with previous projects, among other issues. The building’s design and bulk will certainly stand out and be easily visible from many angles. It will be a matter of how the structure ages to determine if this is a positive or negative. It does seem like an adaptive reuse of the past building would have been a nice compromise, providing density within a pre-exiting building, but that ship has sailed, as demolition work has already dismantled much of the structure.
YIMBY will track the building’s progress moving forward.