On Saturday, Bloktoberfest came to a raucous conclusion as thousands rocked out beside the Jamaican Jerk Hut to the sweet jams of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. By the time Bloktoberfest 2014 rolls around, the big concert finale will need to find a new home, as plans are in the works for the redevelopment of this huge lot.
The specs of this project, from the same developers who are nearly finished building 1612-16 South St., are still coming into focus. Several possibilities for 1426 South St. are under consideration, all of which can be done by right. Whereas most of South Street West has a zoning designation that significantly limits height and density, this block allows for taller buildings and more units, ostensibly due to its proximity to Broad Street. Though a zoning variance won’t be required for the project, the developers still do plan to work with the SOSNA Architectural Review Committee to ensure that they come up with design elements that the community desires. Design work will be done by JKR Partners.
Like the project down the street, the development will be mixed-use. There will be a large commercial space on South Street no matter what. From there, there are a couple of possibilities. They might opt for a six story building with forty apartments and four homes on Kater Street. Another project under consideration is to have a six story building extend all the way to Kater Street with seventy-two units and twenty-two underground parking spots. The developers are still trying to figure out the most appropriate project scope for this location, and that decision could come soon.