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Look: Here’s the development coming to Zang at Davis
Rachel Stone
July 26, 2016

A developer’s plans for the northeast corner of Zang and Davis includes 305 apartments as well as townhomes, restaurants, shops and a 15,000-square-foot public plaza.
The property is zoned for buildings as high as eight stories, but Crescent is planning to build six stories on Zang at Davis, scaling back to five, four and three-and-a-half stories moving north along Zang, where there will be two-story walkup apartments made to look like townhomes with stoops.

The company also wants to build three-story townhomes on Zang at Neely, but the zoning requires a retail component, so the developer is requesting a zoning change to allow the for-sale townhomes, which would have their own private garages but also front porches.

Part of the property, just east of Beckley, could be developed in the future, possibly as a grocery store.

“As a company, we are a bit obsessed with community and thoughtful place making that necessarily starts with understanding a project’s context, its history, its people … its story,” says Michael Blackwell of Crescent Communities.

Crescent provided these renderings to the Advocate, emphasizing their plans to use brick and high-end materials that complement the neighborhood. The apartments will consist of the “flatiron building” and the “Davis building,” both inspired by early 1900s architecture, with a plaza at the center. The plaza is “inspired by great European precedent and select cafe-lined pedestrian streets in some U.S. cities,” Blackwell says.

The development also includes about 13,000 square feet for restaurants and 10,000 square feet for shops.
The project is seeking the zoning change for the townhomes. But it’s not taking away existing housing, and unlike two adjacent projects, from Alamo Manhattan and the Nazerian family company, it is not seeking taxpayer funding.
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