A representative of Riverway Properties, the developer proposing a 7-story condo tower on the vacant former site of the River Cafe in Montrose, says a rendering submitted as part of an application for a variance from the city isn’t an entirely accurate representation of the garage wall the company wants to build in front of the sidewalks on Montrose Blvd. and Marshall St. The rendering of the 3615 Montrose building featured on Swamplot earlier this week showed a blank wall at the base surrounding a single-level parking garage on the ground floor, punctured only by a driveway entrance with an overhead door along Montrose. But Riverway Properties partner Michael Carroll says his company is planning either a “green wall system” or an installation by an artist for the wall.
One conceptual design for the green wall is pictured in the revised rendering, shown above. But this rendering isn’t entirely accurate either, because it doesn’t show the proposed vehicular entrance from Montrose, depicted on this site plan:
The company has hired the landscape firm of Kudela & Weinheimer “to provide a nice street scene along Montrose and Marshall,” Carroll tells Swamplot. “Additionally, we are in talks with a nationally recognized artist to design the architectural features and the garage wall along Montrose. We hope to create a unique and emblematic Montrosian feature on the building’s first floor façade. Specifically, a feature where people would want to stop by, take pictures, and/or take in as a work of art.”
As Swamplot reported earlier, the developer is hoping to obtain a variance from the city to allow it to bring the front of the building 15 ft. closer to Montrose Blvd. than the development ordinance would otherwise allow. City rules do allow certain developments providing retail space on the ground floor to be built along major thoroughfares such as Montrose Blvd. without any setback at all. But other uses must seek a variance to come closer than 25 ft. to the front property line.
As currently planned, the building would have 2 condo units per floor, each measuring approximately 3,000 sq. ft.; each would have a private entrance from the elevator.
- Previously on Swamplot: Latest Condo Building Planned for Former River Cafe Spot Offers Montrose Blvd. a Garage Wall Streetfront
Rendering: Riverway Properties. Site plan: Element Architects