Mercer Commons, 3CDC, and 1314 Vine Street
The entire article is worthy of your attention but this excerpt sums it up quite well:
But now, the 131-year-old purple building simply has to go, 3CDC says. The space at 1314 Vine St. is needed this fall to make way for the long-awaited Mercer Commons, a development of more than 150 new apartments, 30 condominiums, a 350-space parking garage and retail and office space. Nineteen historic buildings also will be restored on the three-acre site.
Preservationists say 3CDC has done good work – up to the point where the purple building comes down.
Here’s the building in question, 1314 Vine Street:
A few old Sanborn maps show that 1314 Vine had bay windows at one time:
My in-depth look at 1314 Vine can be found here: The Fate of 1314 Vine Street and Mercer Commons
As you can see from this Google Map, 1314 Vine sits in the middle of a block of parking lots and vacant lots:
And a few renderings of the project:
More details on Mercer Commons in this quarter’s OTR Work Group report from 3CDC (view all here):
Ideally, 1314 Vine would be totally restored with its beautiful bay windows opening onto Vine Street and all new neighboring development would share its historic character but I doubt that’s going to happen with this project.
If 1314 Vine Street falls victim to progress, I’d like to see the cornice of it saved and reused somewhere in OTR. To lose it all without a trace would be the worst possible option.