Size: 255,000 square feet
Status: In Progress
Belle Square Mixed Use Development
TKWA was hired by a local developer to create a master plan and building design in response to a County-issued Request for Proposals to repurpose a vacant downtown parking lot. The TKWA project team was ultimately selected by the County – owners of the vacant lot – to move forward with the development.
The Lot C Mixed-Use Development concept contains four primary components: office (110,00sf), residential (120,000sf), retail (25,000sf), and parking (226 spaces combined at grade and structured). The building design responds to complex site and program challenges, including requirements for drive-thru banking, retail parking demands, constrained vehicle ingress/egress, and phased construction of project components.
This appealing new project increases urban density, characterized by spaces that support multiple functions, while reinforcing a sense of community. Design priorities included the introduction of high quality of construction, along with advanced sustainable practices, that add to the fabric of the downtown. Building scale, architectural character, and use of materials seamlessly integrate with existing adjacent historic district. The development creates active, street-level public spaces, including a small pocket park.
Sustainable design features include highly efficient building envelope and mechanical systems, building orientation to maximize daylight and ventilation, green roof areas for residents, roof-mounted rain water collection and storage, sidewalk bioswales, and use of recycled and locally-sourced building materials