Lincoln Ventures Asked To Revise Midtown Co-Living Tower Plans With Neighbors In Mind

Midtown Alliance's Design Review Committee recommended adding a treatment to the parking deck with screening to 'mitigate noise and light that could emanate from the garage'

Texas-based Lincoln Ventures has been asked by the Midtown Alliance-led Design Review Committee (DRC) to revise its plans for a 31-story, furnished 195-unit co-living tower in Midtown, at 859 Spring St. NW. Lincoln Ventures presented the proposed tower Tuesday evening and the DRC published its recap report Wednesday, outlining the committee’s recommendations for the project.

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“The committee focused on the aspects of the design that could have the greatest impact on adjacent neighbors,” according to the recap report. The DRC recommended a “treatment of the parking deck with screening to mitigate noise and light that could emanate from the garage.”

As part of the recommendation, the DRC said it would be best if Lincoln Ventures reached out to residents at MidCity Lofts — the condo mid-rise that sits across the street — to “ensure that design concerns and construction issues are addressed in a timely manner.” The DRC expects to receive a revised design for the tower “within the month.”

The yet-to-be-named residential highrise would offer 1,800-square-feet of ground-level commercial space and a total of 550 beds, with each bed pulling in monthly rents somewhere between $1,350 and $1,700. For renters earning 80 percent of the City’s average median income (AMI), the project has set aside 83 beds to be affordable. Units range in size from having one bed with the largest apartment holding five.

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak

Caleb J. Spivak

2 Responses

  1. The more I think about this co-living idea the more I’m skeptical. When the college kids need safe spaces and trigger warnings for their classes and the social justice warriors are offended by everything and people are so intensely politicized … who wants a co-living arrangement that could easily turn into reality TV?

    1. I just found out yesterday that two recent college grads that I know are terrified about interviewing for a job in their field– they’re afraid of the rejection they might encounter.
      I was shocked to hear that, and it makes me wonder where we, as a society, have gone wrong with some of these kids.
      My parents saw to it that I had a job (newspaper boy) when I was old enough to have a worker’s permit– and I’ve been working ever since.
      I’m also a freelancer, so every proposal I do for a client is like a job interview…

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