Published on April 7th, 2016 |1
Henri’s holiday business key to West Village mixed-use project start
West Village Henri’s bakery site, the company returned April 6 for a final review. However, construction may not be in the immediate future.
The Phoenix, Ariz-based company’s representative said it did not want to be a problem for Henri’s holiday business. Therefore, if construction cannot begin before the fall holidays with Henri’s in a new location, it would have to wait until after the first of next year.
The architectural team from The Preston Partnership showed its refined renderings for the proposed 12-story mixed-use project, with approximately 15,000-square feet of ground level retail and residential apartments above four levels of parking decks, to the SPI-9 (Special Public Interest district) DRC Wednesday.
The development will stretch along Irby Avenue between Cains Hill Place and Paces Ferry Place, facing the back side of the Whole Foods Market. It will add approximately 275 new residential apartment units to the area.
Alliance has filed for its Special Administrative Permit (SAP) and was meeting with the DRC members to show the final design plans for the development and to gain approval of two minor variances, which the committee agreed to.
Bob Preston, principal of The Preston Partnership LLC, said the style of the building had evolved from its original transitional style with a “warehouse” sense to it, to “rustic modern,” which he described as “backward feeling and forward looking.”
Preston agreed to work on making it easier for tenants in the building to get their bikes from the bike storage area and have a clear path to the street and sidewalk. The building has a storage area for 100 bikes and an additional rack for 10 bikes near the street for retail customers.
Preston also told his team to work on making the vehicle entrance to the project off of Irby Avenue more attractive for those passing by on the sidewalks and to reduce the width of that driveway from 30-plus feet to 24 feet.
The residential parking is on levels two through four of the parking deck, with the parking for retail customers being below ground. The amenity level and pool are on the fifth level, above the parking deck.
DRC member Sally Silver, who works in the office of City Councilman Howard Shook, dropped a negative comment on the development team at the end of the meeting when she reported that City Councilwoman Yolanda Adrean, who represents the West Village area, asked her to convey to the developers that she was not at all pleased with the design and size of the project.
Adrean, who was out of town on a trip during City Council recess, had Silver convey that she felt the project design did not fit with the charm for which the West Village has been known.
The Alliance development will bring about some changes in the Village for sure. For one, Henri’s Bakery and Café will be displaced from its present location during construction of the new development. When the Alliance project is completed, Henri’s will return there, but in a very different format.
Alliance development has said that Henri’s does not plan to do any of its baking or cooking at the new location. He said that is likely to be done at its shop in Sandy Springs in the future.
Apparently, according to a statement made at the April 6 meeting, Alliance has not yet closed on the purchase of the properties.