The tiny triangle in the heart of downtown Fremont at Fremont Place N and Evanston Avenue contains a 3-story apartment building with 12 units originally built in 1916. The photo below shows a view of the North entrance (excuse the photo quality, the sun was so bright the day I went to the site!). The property is zoned NC3P-65, which is the new commercial designation with the most density level and at a 65′ maximum height limit.
I took a photo of this frame on the main corner of the site and wondered if it formerly contained the land use signage typical of these projects and it somehow got taken down or stolen?
Parkstone Properties owns the building and is developing it. On their website they give the history of the building, ‘Located in the “Center of the Universe”, better known as the quirky neighborhood of Fremont, the Fremont Place Apartments was built during World War I originally as a tile factory and later a candy factory. Sandwiched halfway between the famous Lenin Statue and Fremont Rocket, the building was repurposed as a rooming house after World War II for fishermen coming into port until their next outing.” They are partnered with GenNex on all the micro-unit projects they call ‘Cubix’.
The proposed project on the site will be 6-stories and 48 efficiency apartment units with 1 ground floor retail tenant and a basement for utilities and storage. Jackson | Main is the architecture firm behind the design, they are headquartered here in Seattle with a satellite office in Kansas City.
And man are these units tiny! Above images are snips from the approved plan set from SDCI showing the micro-apartment layouts on a couple units. According to the plans, the unit sizes will range from a tiny 230 SF to 560 SF! How can people do that? The longevity of demand for these units feels short-lived, accommodating people during this stage of rapid growth, but we aren’t a Hong Kong yet, which is what the president of Parkstone Properties harks on as being a shining example of ‘luxury micro-housing’ market. People are going to be forced into these units because they can’t afford a normal living situation in a city that has reached unaffordability fairly quickly. Time will tell what becomes of the micro-housing trend.