Here is my final presentation for the schematic phase of the 112 W. Lewis St. project. I will give a summary of the feedback I received after this slideshow:
FEEDBACK from Building Inspectors, Fire Inspectors, an Architect, a UNCG IARc alum, State Preservation office, and the 112 W. Lewis Developer:
- I followed / complied with all building code and historic preservation criteria. My suggestion to bring back the balcony (as seen on several Sanborn Insurance Maps) was well received and the only question is to be sure my railing is at 42."
- The developer said that my idea to split the top floor into two units is exactly where he is headed - but he would like to split it directly down the center to avoid adding a second stair case. I brought up the benefits to splitting the space in the way I did; that it gives both units great access to windows and provides them with more efficient floor plans as well. The way he is asking me to divide the space might make it more difficult to obtain historic tax credits...we shall see!
- The IARc alum made a fantastic point to really dig in further with my concept...the restaurant is named "Lock + Key" so why not have architectural elements that reflect the act of closing and opening something...maybe it is a "barn" door that slides open to reveal the kitchen.
- The Architect pointed out the need to adjust my door swings for exterior egress. They need to swing out.
- I realized after speaking with the historic preservation office that I need to stop considering the residences to be condos - the property needs to be income-producing for 5 years to reap the 40% tax benefit.