A variance notice now up on the south side of Fairview St. at the corner of Montrose Blvd. is one sign that a full-block apartment complex is being planned for the site. Another clue: A reader tells us the Hollywood Vietnamese & Chinese Cuisine restaurant at 2409 Montrose Blvd., which occupies the only building on the block, is planning to shut down before the end of the month. A spokesperson for the planning department says a complete set of documents for the variance hasn’t been received yet.
A job name listed on one of the drawings submitted so far calls the project Farb Montrose. Developer Jonathan Farb’s CityPlace Midtown apartments opened at 306 McGowen St. in late 2010. The variance for the Montrose property, which measures just under an acre, appears to request reduced setbacks along Montrose Blvd., Hyde Park Blvd., and Grant St.
A proposed site plan of the complex included with the application shows a multi-story garage taking up most of the site’s footprint: