- Drop a few million on a new residential apartment building
- Invite 225 upperclass-men/women to live there
- Sit back and watch it happen
What was once Colonial Bowl has been reborn as the Kennedy Apartments-after a fire setback the opening. Slated for occupation this fall, the presence of hundreds of new students is going to give new life to a neighborhood that is home to a great collection of warehouses. The building also boasts a Gonzaga bookstore and a cafe on the street level.
Visiting the site this evening, we were struck by how well the building is situated on the lot. Built up close to the sidewalk, windows on all sides, and all parking is pretty well hidden in the center of the structure. It's a very good example of how the three rules can transform even the most inhospitable of streets. We're talkin' the Ruby-Division Street couplet here folks: four lanes of one-way bliss in each direction, and this building makes it all seem less daunting.
But things don't look to be done as construction is taking place right next door in what looks to be a twin building. Add in the sweet Fuller-Brush warehouse on the block to the south, and the collection of Bergan Furniture warehouses - and you've one sweet little district evolving. We walked around there last evening and you could sense the opportunity on the block. This will be a fun neighborhood to watch.