Already well underway at the corner of Vandeventer and Forest Park Avenues in the city’s Midtown neighborhood, The Standard has yet to settle on a final design. According to nextSTL sources, the Park Central Development Corporation is set to endorse a revised plan featuring a flat roof and a full Hardie Board facade.
Early this month, developer Sangita asked Park Central to support a revision in materials. Essentially, the revised project would have replaced the stone first floor with brick, and the upper brick floors with Hardie Board, while keeping the peaked roof. The change was meant to reduce building costs. The Standard is being developed without subsidy such as tax abatement.
The latest revision may just show that a better, more context sensitive design doesn’t require a larger investment. The flat roof building with a three-color Hardie Board facade, may not excite, but the change presents, a cleaner, more modern, and more industrial appearance.
Changes to The Standard are presumably entirely aesthetic. With the building under construction, the footprint, parking, and site plan are very unlikely to change. At a glance, it does appear that the future possibility of converting first floor space to retail may have been eliminated, a choice that seems shortsighted with the coming Ikea, Midtown Station, and other significant developments nearby.
The Standard will offer approximately 400 parking spaces in a structured garage wrapped by the residential building. Access will be from the existing alley on the north side of the site. Marketing primarily to students, amenities will include study rooms and social spaces. The property will feature several five bedroom units.