This 2400-unit, four-tower mixed residential and retail development was an instant landmark when it was originally developed in the early 1980s. By 2009, the development was showing its age; its fortress-like architecture cut it off from what has become a thriving neighborhood of renovated lofts, commercial office buildings and street-level shops and restaurants. When Waterton Residential purchased the complex, their vision for the property included extensive renovations to the 100,000 SF retail podium, a fresh, upgraded look and feel for residential public areas and upgrades to individual apartments.
The retail project transformed a loading dock facing Clinton Street into a two-story high glass pavilion that is an entrance for a significantly enlarged mezzanine-level fitness club, welcoming nonresidents to become members. The new design also reduced the building lobby to just over 3,000 SF and a new desk has been located just inside the main entrance with a welcoming human face for residents and visitors. A vertical skylit lobby space has a sculptural wood wall with windows to the leasing office sliced in at the base. The former leasing office location has been opened up to the street and awaits a high-profile tenant who will benefit from the street and lobby exposure. In the spaces leading from the lobby to the apartments, security stations have been opened for a warmer style of interaction; new seating areas have been developed to provide residents with a variety of options to meet outside the apartments whether overlooking the lobby space or next to the fireplace.
Photography © Darris Lee Harris