Arlington P&Z Approves Downtown Mixed-Use Residential Project
Texas Construction News from Virtual Builders Exchange
Posted: 4-10-2017, 4:32 p.m.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Arlington (Tarrant County) - The Planning & Zoning Commission approved on Wednesday a mixed use development in the downtown district that will include 4,175 square feet of ground floor commercial space and seven apartment units in a two-story new structure.
Located on a vacant lot, 701 E. Abram Street, at the northeast corner of Abram and Vinson streets, the project is called Vinson Residence and is applicant for the developer is architect Lubula Kanyinda of Kanyinda LLC in Mansfield. ZJM Engineers Inc. produced the site plan and landscape plan.
The floor plan divides the space into one live/work 750-square-foot ground unit, a 400 square foot studio, two one bedroom units of 670 and 688 square feet, respectively, and a couple of two-bedroom units of 955 and 1,048 square feet each. The total building area is to be 9,640 square feet on a lot size of 27,386 square feet (0.628 acres).
One deviation that was requested was to waive construction of a parking structure and have a carport instead. The development will have 32 parking spaces, of which six will be under a carport.
To improve pedestrian scale, the facade will have a variation of finishes, including stucco in two colors, brick, and a stone veneer. Other features includes recessed doorways, wall mounted light fixtures, and signage. To the rear (north) will be an 8-foot masonry wall of brick and stone.
Kanyinda will comply with most landscaping requirements, but sought and was given a deviation on the 30-foot rear buffer requirement, reducing that portion to a 9-foot buffer.
The Downtown Arlington Management Corporation wrote in support of the project. The P&Z April 5 recommendation was to change zoning from general commercial and industrial to planned development and mixed-use development.
"The proposed project will complement the existing Downtown Unified Master Plan by adding high-quality residential units to the downtown/university district. Residential development is essential to support our existing retail businesses, and to encourage future redevelopment within the downtown core," wrote DAMC President and CEO Tony Rutigliano.
The Arlington Independent School District wrote against the project, claiming the additional density to the area would strain the district's capacity.
The site plan for Vinson Residence. Courtesy ZJM Engineers Inc.
Adolfo Pesquera is a veteran news journalist. He has previously worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. He is a communications graduate of the University of Texas-PanAmerican.
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