Great pre-construction step occurred with the Design Review Committee's approval of the $7.5 million renovation of the former Booker T. Washington Insurance Building into The Parisian. The project is slated to begin construction in November completed in early 2014, ahead of many other downtown residential projects. It will have 32 apartments and commercial space on the first floor and in the basement.
Rendering; source: AL.com
Also, the DRC approved the demolition of a building next to Cafe Dupont on 20th St north in favor of a gated entrance to a courtyard.
Rendering; source also AL.com
Other things that the Design Review Committee took under consideration:
-Renovations to the Applebee’s in Five Points West to update the restaurant to the chain’s new look.
-Approved home renovation plans for two different homes in Avondale Park historic neighborhood.
-Approved home renovation plans for homes in the Red Mountain and Forest Park neighborhoods.
-Approved Alabama Power Co.’s plans for a modular enclosure of its substation at 1930 Powell Ave.
-Carried over plans for Dave’s Pub in Five Points South to add a new awning covering its outdoor patio. The committee is concerned the mock-up plans do not reflect how the awning will actually attach to the building or how it will actually look once in place.