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Excelsior is a new mixed-use project planned for 115 E Jackson Avenue.
The building will be home to a mix of uses including residential apartments, a boutique hotel, a restaurant, a bar, and a few other exciting amenities. The development will also include on-site valet parking for visitors.
The project began as an adaptive re-use project with the new owners trying to preserve the existing building, but as more information was discovered, it became apparent that preservation is not a viable option.
As a result, the existing structure will be demolished. Below, you will find more about why this building cannot be preserved in its current form, but we hope to preserve and allow as many elements as possible to have new uses through careful preservation demolition.
115 E Jackson is purchased by new owners
Financial studies show more SF will be needed for viability
An assessment of existing conditions shows extreme alterations needed on existing structure.
SPRING / SUMMER 2022
Environmental survey reveals high amounts of asbestos that must be abated.
New owners begin process of planning new use.
Architecture teams begin designing adaptive re-use and addition.
An assessment from contractors and structural engineering recommends complete demo.
SUMMER / FALL 2022
Plans to preserve what can be preserved and remove the building are made.
The building has extreme structural issues throughout, from trusses on the verge of failure, to beams and a section of the floor that have already failed. Many of the problems that currently exist from the roof to the basement are a result of previous uses years ago. The building had at one time been used as a meat processing facility. During that use, much of the building was converted to refrigeration. The elements used to house this refrigeration led to moisture, which led to rot.
This building is within the overlay of a historic district, however, the original façade of the building was replaced later in the 20th century, what was originally two buildings is now one.
Although the building as a whole cannot be preserved, as many elements as possible will be. The structure is built out of steel and timber with heavy lumber throughout. Masonry elements, wood members, doors, windows, and steel will be re-used as much as possible, and where not possible on this site, we hope to see them put to good use elsewhere.
SEVERE CONDITIONS PREVENTING ADAPTIVE RE-USE
Although most of the conditions below could be remedied if they were the only issue, it is the combination of these conditions that make the building nearly impossible to restore.
In the section below, you can flip through photos of the different conditions.
Throughout the existing structures, there are many instances where bricks are crumbling and mortar is failing. Some of the worst instances of this are in the walls between the two buildings and in the basement of the 3 story smokestacks.
Many of the walls would need to be repointed and/or rebuilt. The smokestack would likely need to be removed, which would damage even more of the structure.
Photos of Conditions
As our team continues to work out the design, we will update this site with more info.
Please reach out to the email below with questions.
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