The solution was to build the complex's six-story, 578-space garage at the center of the project so that it, and not any of the apartments, look out on the billboard. The design, Lange said, also hides almost all of the garage from downtown streets.
The design borrows from both the modern “arts and crafts” look of the Level apartments and other developments in nearby Deep Deuce, and “post industrial” architecture of nearby Automobile Alley.
The facade is designed with brick and metal, with front stoops and windows at street level facing the sidewalk along Oklahoma Avenue. About 8,000 square feet of amenities, including the leasing office, also will be at street level next to the garage entrance. Apartments will separate the garage from Oklahoma Avenue.
“It will be a pleasant place to walk by,” Lange said.
Initial reactions by members of the design committee on Thursday indicate the project will likely be easily approved in September. The committee voiced no concerns about the designs.
“I'm so excited about this,” said committee chair Betsy Brunsteter. “I was driving along Oklahoma Avenue the other day and thinking about what a great site this is.”
Dick Tanenbaum, another committee member who developed The Montgomery and Park Harvey apartments downtown, called The Metropolitan a success over a “difficult site.”
“It's difficult with the narrowness of the site, and I think you've done a great job,” Tanenbaum said. “This is the urban development we're encouraging, and you've hit it.”
Apartment communities grow
Several large apartment complexes have been built over the past few years downtown, with more either under design or construction. The Metropolitan, with 330 units, is the largest apartment complex announced to date since the downtown housing market got started a decade ago.
We like this site better. We are within walking distance of Bricktown, Deep Deuce, Automobile Alley and MidTown. We have great access to I-235 and 10th Street. We really have great access to everywhere in the city.”
President of Bomasada Group