This was the scene yesterday on the southeast corner of Richmond Ave and Cummins St. near Greenway Plaza, where the Redstone Companies and Hansen Partners are planning to build a new 11-story office building and 5-level parking garage with — if a Planning Dept. staff report describing the project is correct — an attached 5-story retail center. The development received planning commission approval last week for a reduced setback along the 2 streets that meets with planned but not-yet-approved standards for transit corridors; if Metro’s stalled University Line ever gets built, it’ll make its get-off-of-Richmond turn at this same corner. Accordingly, in documents submitted to the city, the developers appear to be holding out the undescribed retail portion for some later date: [Only] “the office building and related parking garage to be built on this site are nearing the time that a building permit will be required,” the variance application reads.
Crews have made quick work of buildings on the site, which included a couple of single-story office structures. They received demolition permits last Friday. A site plan submitted as part of the variance application says the garage, which will include a basement level, will hold 545 cars, and that the project will measure 187,970 sq. ft. in total:
The plan, created by Philip Ewald Architecture, shows garage entrances along Portsmouth St. Rail tracks are shown just beyond the curb on the development’s northwest corner.
Photos: Allyn West; Site Plan: Philip Ewald Architecture