Press Bay Court Construction Update, 9/2018

3 10 2018

Press Bay Court, a project by local businessmen John Guttridge and David Kuckuk d/b/a Urban Core LLC, is moving along at a good clip. In what could be seen as an expansion of Press Bay Alley, the plan reuses a dilapidated 1920s building and renovates it into several small-scale retail spaces, ranging from 320 – 2,200 square-feet. Among them will be Halal Meat and Groceries, One Ring Donuts, Gee June Bridal Shop and Hair • Color • Art. Bramble, an herbal retailer, will move from its Press Bay Alley slot into one of the Press Bay Court storefonts.

The business websites for Gee June and Hair • Color • Art both indicate October 2018 openings in Press Bay Court (October 16th, in Gee June’s announcement), and there’s a lot of work to be done between now and then. The interior of the building was gutted and new steel stud walls have been erected, as well as fresh gypsum sheathing on the outside. The four second floor one-bedroom apartments are also being renovated, which will be rented at below-market rates (Urban Core is aiming for 75% area median income, which roughly equates to a household salary in the $42,000/year range for a single person, $48,500 for couple). Expansive windows will be installed at ground level to provide a better sense of the activity indoors, and an awning will be erected as the exterior is finished out. The exterior parking lot will be turned into a landscaped pedestrian gathering space for impromptu social events as well as festivals and small concerts or shows.

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3 10 2018
CornellPhD

Missed opportunity to expand the apartments over the single story portion of this structure…although I’m sure it would have made the project more complicated and take longer. Can’t see any of this being done by mid-October based on where they are now.

As for the “coolest apartments downtown,” it’s too bad they’ll be overlooking the Sunoco station indefinitely.

4 10 2018
B. C.

Well, that Sunoco might become a 7-11. 😛

Semi-seriously, 7-11 did buy the property earlier this year as part of a massive 1,030 store deal. http://corp.7-eleven.com/corp-press-releases/01-23-2018-7-eleven-inc-completes-acquisition-of-1-030-sunoco-stores

4 10 2018
CornellPhD

If only 7-11 were known for property development…

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