Engineering firm The Interfield Group is hoping to score a trio of variances that will allow it to swap out its existing dingbat office building (above) at the Heights landing point of the Studemont St. bridge for a much larger mixed-use development (depicted at top) dubbed Heights Gateway. The new 8-story complex rests on the stealth-bomber-shaped parcel at 401 Studewood outlined in the aerial above. It’s split between a residential portion (shown beneath the lettering in the rendering) and a glass curtain-walled office section to the north — all of which rests atop a floodable 2-story parking garage plinth.
Its lowest parking level — indicated in the site plan below — includes a main entrance off Studewood that runs between the work and live sections of the complex:
Among the 3 variances up for consideration this week: a request to terminate Threlkeld St. — indicated at the top left above — in a T-shaped turnaround rather than a cul-de sac, a request to scoot the building 10 ft. up closer to Studewood than the 25-ft. minimum setback would normally allow, and a request to permit this kind of commercial structure to occupy the flooded-out, formerly residential adjacent lots that the developer bought up and that now comprise the property’s northern wing.
The section below slices through the office portion that’d sit on that northern side of the property, showing how parking and workspace stack up above ground-floor retail:
Rendering, site plan, aerial, and section: The Interfield Group. Photo of 401 Studewood: LoopNet