The flat yellow facade of a former hot dog stand in a highly visible downtown location will be coming off, and the building will be returned to what it looked like in the mid-19th century, architect Steven J. Carmina told the Planning Board this week.
Carmina plans to restore the facade of the former Texas Red Hots at 5-7 Genesee St., one of the oldest buildings in the Main-Genesee historic district, and replace the yellow covering with bricks and windows.
Carmina also is restoring the building next door, at 9 E. Genesee St., into a residence for himself and his wife. He told the board that all three buildings – the hot dog stand operated out of what is two buildings – will be the same color and will resemble each other, as they did before the Civil War.
“Our plan is to completely restore those storefronts to 1845,” Carmina said. “These were all one facade; we want them to look that way.”
The buildings, which are at the corner of East Huron and Main streets, will be brought up to historical standards set by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, he said.
“The 500 block used to be the redheaded stepchild. No more,” Carmina told the board. “By the end of 2015, we’ll have five new restaurants on the block, we’ll probably have 24 new residents on the block, it’s really going places.”
At 5-7 Genesee, Carmina and his partners plan on putting in apartments, with a fine dining restaurant on the first floor.
A street food restaurant will go in at 9 Genesee, which will feature convection oven French fries and milkshakes, Carmina said.
The board approved Carmina’s plans, as well as several other major projects:
• Near Larkinville, at 550 Seneca St., developer David Pawlik is planning 31 market-rate loft apartments and 5,400 square feet of office space. Plans for the $5.4 million project in a former warehouse were approved. Pawlik hopes to start construction in July and be open by March 2015.
• A film storage building at 505 Pearl St. that was built in 1921 is being developed by Mark Croce. He is planning to lease the first floor of the former Byers Building to a commercial printer. The five upper floors will be dedicated to about 30 market-rate one- and two-bedroom apartments. The commercial space is expected to open in September and the apartments are expected to be finished in spring 2015.
• Nineteen market-rate apartments are planned for the third floor of 1285 Main St., the former William S. Hein Publishing Co. building. Ellicott Development is investing $8 million to put in one-, two- and three-bedroom units.
• A new Dollar General at 244 Forest Ave., near Grant Street, was approved on the condition that developers continue to talk to neighbors. The Richardson Center Corp. objected to the plan given its proximity to the historical site, and a block club leader raised questions about it.