The developers of College Town Kent have one more parcel (also known as Parcel “D”) to finish out the redevelopment block in downtown Kent.
The developers have proposed to continue the mixed use concept with 5,200 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor and about 50 “micro” apartment units stacked on 4 floors above.
“Micro” apartments are the modern-day equivalent of the old fashioned “efficiencies.” The look and feel of micro-units have been scaled-up to current design trends but the idea of simple living in a modest sized space at a great location continues to attract tenants today just as it did 30 years ago.
Micro apartments are all the rage among the hipster crowd in larger cities and the developer thinks that all those pretty hip Kent State architecture students attending classes across the street in the new College of Architecture building is a ready-made market to introduce the micro-concept in Kent.
Typically these micro sized apartments run about 500 square feet which means they build a lot of storage, beds, counters, etc., right into the walls. What you give up in space you make up for in smart, efficient use and high quality design and materials. These units are right-sized for busy lifestyles.
No word yet on what commercial tenant the developer hopes to secure for the 5,200 feet of ground floor space but there’s been talk ranging from a brew-pub concept to an office tenant. Tenanting is something College Town Kent does best so I’m anxious to see who they land for that prime space.
The footprint of Parcel D is relatively small so in order to get the kind of density the developer is looking for he’s got to go up. The proposed building includes 5 stories and is consistent with the height of the Landmark building next store and the KSU Hotel across the street.
The plans for Parcel D are currently working their way through the City’s Architectural Review Board and the Planning Commission.
So far so good and I’m hoping they can start digging the foundation before the year is out.