Two years ago, we came upon an ivy-covered warehouse on the 3100 block of Hamilton Street with a Cease and Desist notice on its door. Workers were apparently removing underground tanks without the proper permits, which led to the ceasing and desisting and such. Eventually though, the violations were cleared up, the warehouse was demolished, and a new student housing building rose in its place. Just as we predicted.
The new building contains twenty-one apartments and twenty-one parking spaces which we would have to imagine are located underground. 2 bed/2 bath units are available for $1,500/month, and 3 bed/3 bath units are $2,250/month. We know it's consistent with the rental rates for other new construction student housing, but it still makes our heads spin just how much more it costs to rent an apartment since we were in school. We should note that back then we also had to walk five miles through the snow, uphill both ways. But that's the way it was, and we liked it!
This building comes to us from University Realty, the same developers now building more student housing at 34th & Hamilton. When we told you about that project a couple weeks back, we suggested tempering your architectural expectations. That recommendation was partially informed by the look of this building, which is uninspiring to put it nicely. The building's address is technically 3104 Spring Garden St., so you might think that it looks a little better on the other side. You'd be way off base.
Is this set-back fenced-in area with a curb-cut exclusively for trash collection? We can't think of any other purpose for it, though we hope we're wrong. How in the world did this happen?
But hey, at least the windows have shutters. Lordy.