Demolition for Armory Towers Underway, Drills Arrive for City Foundry Phase 2
Updated: Feb 8, 2022
There has been some significant movement on two key Midtown projects in recent days.
At the Armory District, a development spearheaded by Green Street, demolition has started on a single-story warehouse along Prospect Avenue. The warehouse runs most of the length of Prospect from 64/40 to near Scott Avenue just west of the Grand viaduct. Last year, I wrote about Green Street's plans for the towers, known tentatively as "40Grand". In short, plans call for 532 apartments (266 in each building), parking, and an access ramp from Grand to Prospect (to create another access point into the development). The two towers will represent the largest transit-oriented development in the region to date.
At the main Armory building, Rec Hall is still planned to go in there after the office plan was dropped. The two towers should end up costing around $160 Million. The architect is HDA Architects.
40Grand goes before the Planning Commission on February 9th to rezone the property from "Type K: Unrestricted" to "Type H: Area Commercial". The rezoning is recommended for approval by zoning staff on the grounds that the proposed land use is consistent with the Midtown Redevelopment Plan.
Across 64/40 and a little bit west towards Vandeventer, large foundation drills have arrived on the site of City Foundry Phase 2. These will drill the foundation caissons that will support the structures included in phase 2. This project includes 272 apartment units, an 83,000-square-foot office building, 25,000 SF of retail space and a 481-car parking garage.
Construction on City Foundry Phase 2, known as "Vande East", should wrap up in 2024.
Together, both the City Foundry and Armory District will serve as two significant anchors for a renewed Midtown neighborhood. Other components include, or will include, a Target, Top Golf, and more apartments.