Northside kicked off the long-awaited grand opening of the newly renovated American Can Lofts
, located near the neighborhood's Hamilton Avenue business district, with presentations and informational sessions during the Northside 4th of July parade and Rock and Roll Carnival
by Bloomfield/Schon + Partners, the American Can development took seven
years to complete. Economic shifts delayed construction and changed the
project from a focus on condominiums to apartments. Developer Steve
Bloomfield says that Northside has been an enthusiastic home for the
project throughout the process.
"The Northside community has been
incredibly supportive," he says. "A lot of people are investing in
Northside, when for years this building has been an eyesore in the
community and has held back some new developments. But with this new
renovation, we will certainly help in the investment of Northside."
Northside Community Council president Martha Dourson shares that enthusiasm.
think it will be a great boom for Northside," she says. "For one thing,
the building looks so much better than ever before, and I believe this
new development will attract more people the neighborhood. It's an
eclectic neighborhood, the business district is vibrant and growing, and
the people that live here give a sense of community. Northside is a
great community with involved people. They always have a sense of
improving, which always makes a difference."
Bloomfield says the
project followed the developer's policy of incorporating environmentally
sensitive aspects into the project. Developers recycled construction
materials, installed energy-efficient heating and cooling systems to
reduce energy bills, and included other green amenities such as low-VOC
paint, low-flow plumbing fixtures, efficient fluorescent and LED
lighting and recycled carpet material.
Bloomfield expects the
general target market audience to be young to middle-aged professionals.
Leasing agents have begun offering tours of the site for potential
tenants, and offer more information at the development's website
By Lisa Ensminger