A developer wants to liven up a sleepy block on the southern edge of the Arts District by putting up a nine-story office building with street-level retail. The mixed-user would rise 108 feet at 2136 East Violet Street, replacing the recycling plant that’s there now. The three-quarter acre lot is around the block from Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
In its plans filed with the city, Lowe Enterprises says it will build a sidewalk and plant trees, creating a "pedestrian environment along Violet Street that is currently nonexistent." Dilapidated one-story buildings and metal sheds used for warehousing and scrapyards line the street now.
Designed by Humphreys & Partners Architects, the building would come with 272 parking spaces. Most of that parking would be built into the structure on the second through fifth levels. Murals painted above the storefronts would shroud some of the parking.
Here’s how the plans describe the look of the rest of the building:
"The four levels of office space above the parking levels are designed with a grid of concrete columns with a differentiated patterned window system. Balconies comprised of metal cable railings and mesh are dispersed along the north, west, and east elevations."