A year and a half ago, we first told you that the vacant YWCA building at 1607 Catharine St. was available for sale. Back in January, developers presented a plan to SOSNA to convert the building into 23 residential units with 15 parking spots, but the application was withdrawn. Yesterday, the same developers came back before the community for an information-only presentation for a new project for this site, which would include 33 residential units and 22 parking spots. And neighbors were none too pleased.
Rendering of the front
Most of the frustration from near neighbors was due to the number of units as well as a plan to demolish the rear portion of the existing structure and replace it with a five-story, sixty-seven-foot-tall addition that people fear would block their sunlight. Many residents seemed especially concerned that their roof-top decks would lose skyline views, and their properties would lose value as a result. The height of the addition is likely due in part to the challenges inherent in the layout of the site.