Take four Lutheran Churches, a non-profit housing agency, add in a boatload of property in West Central, mix thoroughly and top it off with some solid design sense. The result is Walnut Corners a big $9 million mixed-income, mixed use development on two sites.
The north site will offer 28 one, two and three bedroom apartments. To the south a three-story mixed-use structure with eighteen one-bedroom apartments. The ground floor will offer 2,300 square feet of commercial with services for the whole neighborhood although no firm commitments exist. Groundbreaking is expected in August.
The rendering above is pretty exciting news for the neighborhood. It's urban, well sited, and looks to add tremendous value to the streetscape along Broadway and Walnut. Best of all it proves that low-income housing and good design can coexist in a single project. Dare we say this group of non-profits has raised the bar significantly for the private sector?