Bowler apartments upgrade includes deal for new homes behind The Roosevelt

An aerial rendering shows the nine townhouses planned along M and 26th Streets next to the former Bowler School which is now seniors’ apartments. (Images courtesy of Daniil Kleyman)

An ongoing renovation for a former school-turned-apartments in the Church Hill neighborhood could make room for new homes behind The Roosevelt restaurant.

The owner of the Bowler Retirement Community, an income-based senior housing complex in the converted Bowler School at 26th and Leigh streets, plans to sell part of the property to developer Daniil Kleyman, whose Evolve Development would add the nine townhouses as filler project.

Seven of the houses would face M Street on the north side of the property, while the remaining two houses would face 26 and would be sold as low-income units. Units on M Street would be at market rate.

Kleyman, whose developments in the area include the nearby mixed-use building that fills the triangular-shaped lot at Jefferson Avenue and M Street, said he was approached for the Bowler project by Louis Salomonsky, who redeveloped the former school in the city in the mid-1990s and manages the property-owning entity, Bowler Housing LP.

Daniel Kleyman

“I’ve known Louis for a while and do a lot of development at Church Hill,” Kleyman said in an email explaining how the collaboration came about.

“These townhouses are a perfect complement to what we’re doing across the street,” Kleyman added, referring to the mixed-use building across 25th Street from The Roosevelt. “First, we add rentals and several businesses facing the street, then we add owner occupiers. This is how healthy neighborhoods grow – you need all three.

Townhouses are also an integral part of apartment renovations, said Brian White, who runs Main Street Realty, the rental and property management arm of Salomonsky and father David White’s historic housing development company. He said equity from the sale of the land to Kleyman would help fund the renovation, which is also expected to involve low-income housing tax credits.

“Selling some of this land to Daniil is how we’re going to make it work, basically,” Brian White said. “We’re going to use some low-income housing tax credits to do that, but we don’t want to be in a position where we have to charge maximum tax credit rents. That’s just not the population we serve there.

“The only way we can afford to redo the building is to get equity into the deal somehow,” White said, adding that borrowed capital would be used in addition to proceeds. sales and credits to help fund the project. and keeping apartment rents low.

The former municipal school was transformed into a residence for the elderly in the mid-1990s.

Bowler’s 62 mostly one-bedroom apartments are fully occupied and currently rent between $725 and $840 per month. White said selling the land to Kleyman would help them keep rents within that range.

The renovation would include upgrades inside the units, with new flooring, counters, cabinets and appliances, as well as amenities for residents, including an outdoor kitchen and games such as bocce or bocce. shuffleboard.

Brian White

White said a cost estimate for the project has not been finalized and the agreed sale price for the land for the townhouses has not been disclosed. The land is one-third of the larger 1.2-acre property, which the city appraised at $2.09 million. The larger property last sold in 1995 for $300,000, according to property records.

Kleyman’s three-level townhouses lined M Street and would corner at 26, replacing a yard and part of Bowler’s existing parking lot. A new driveway off 26 would pass between the homes and the building, providing access to two-car garages for the market-priced units and the remaining parking lot, which would be reconfigured and reduced.

A site plan shows 17 off-street parking spaces next to the Bowler building, along with the gazebo and other amenities filling the site.

The new layout with the driveway would return the townhouse portion of the property to the townhouse-style development pattern that predated the school’s construction in 1914, according to a special use permit application filed for the project. The application notes that historical maps show that the northern portion of the property was occupied by at least nine residential structures.

The three-story townhouses would consist of seven market-rate units facing M Street. Two “labour housing” units would face 26th Street around the corner.

The seven market-priced homes would be over 3,100 square feet in size and feature four bedrooms and 4½ bathrooms, which Kleyman described as rare for new construction in the area. The two low-income homes would be 1,800 square feet with three bedrooms and 2½ bathrooms.

Kleyman said he hasn’t priced the homes and hasn’t finalized a construction budget. He worked with Todd Dykshorn of the Architecture Design Office on the design of the houses.

Pending permit approval, Kleyman said he hopes to innovate on townhouses in late summer or early fall. The townhouses have passed the city’s Architectural Review Board and are also subject to the design requirements of the city’s Old Historic Church Hill North Quarter.

Where Kleyman and Dykshorn have passed this part of the project through CAR, the special use permit required for the whole project is requested by Bowler Housing LP. Local Roth Jackson attorney Mark Kronenthal is representing the landlord in his application, which is due before the Planning Commission on June 6.

White said the apartments needed renovations, which he said would modernize the units and keep Bowler an attractive housing option for seniors.

“We know we need to renovate this building and these units. We did it 25 years ago, and other than maintaining it, it’s still the same building as it was 25 years ago,” White said. “We want to make it something better and something that will be positioned to be a great place to live for a long time.”

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