Wynwood team recommends an adaptive re-use building
The Wynwood Design Review Committee is recommending approval of an adaptive re-use project designed to revive a high-profile corner in the booming Wynwood Arts District.
The one-story building is at 2521 NW Third Ave., at the southeast corner of Northwest Third Avenue and 26th Street.
The owner is David Lerner and the applicant is MKDA FL.
The renovation of the 14,903-square-foot structure will result in three new retail units.
The committee reviewed the proposal at a recent virtual meeting, and the vote to recommend approval was unanimous.
The specific request is to allow a façade modification. The existing perimeter walls of the building will remain largely intact and be adapted to receive new aluminum storefronts and decorative framing walls for future artists to use as a canvas for their work.
Artists will be selected at the completion of the project to paint the selected external walls visible to the public.
The existing building is constructed of masonry walls and concrete joists. All mechanical systems will be on the center of the roof and screened from pedestrian and vehicular views as required.
Signage will be a separate permit later.
A representative of the applicant described the existing structure as a “very simple building” next to Wynwood Walls.
The concept of the redesigned building will maintain the essence of Wynwood, with black and white graphic backgrounds, he said.
The gallery idea and the background lighting plan is designed to “make the canvases pop,” he said.
Chairman Victor Sanchez said, “It’s like turning a gallery inside out.”
He asked for more details on the lighting plan.
The representative said light will be around each canvas and the light fixtures will be concealed.
“Lights will light the building and bleed to the canvases,” he said.
“Generally, it’s a great idea,” said committee member Marc Coleman.
“I like what you guys are doing there, not to put in a massive amount of glass. It’s wonderful,” said Mr. Coleman.
Committee member Gustavo Berenblum said, “I like this idea of a canvas on top of another canvas. It’s a good idea for adaptive re-use. “
Mr. Berenblum suggested the applicant consider using matte finishes as opposed to glossy.
Committee member Paul Lardi said, “I love it and I commend you … I think it’s awesome.”
Mr. Sanchez said, “It’s a clever budget solution for an adaptive re-use. It proves to other applicants you don’t need a fortune to fit the neighborhood, you just need to be extra creative … come up with solutions that don’t break the bank but deliver the punch.
“Overall, the idea is great. Then all four corners in the block will be done, and be beneficial to the neighborhood,” he said.
The motion to recommend approval included conditions that developers consider matte finishes and make certain the mechanical equipment is screened and out of sight.