Red Dot owners move forward with new Unity development in East Tosa
Just over a year after Red Dot, 6715 W. North Ave. in East Tosa, closed after a small fire, the owners have announced that their amended plan to replace the bar and restaurant and an adjacent laundromat will move forward.
Co-owner Anthony Lampasona said, "We have a fully approved new development with no obstacles standing in our way," in a post on Facebook.
A couple months after last year's fire, another co-owner Marty Beaudoin wrote on Facebook, "Our goal is to plan something that builds on the momentum we had with Red Dot and activates North Avenue in a unique way. Stay tuned."
The new development, designed by Arc-Int Architecture, which has offices in Walker's Point, is called Tosa Unity Apartments.
Beaudoin today confirmed that the new plan calls for razing the current buildings on the site and replacing them with a three-story building with retail on the first floor -- including a bar and restaurant -- and 17 market-rate residential units above.
The project also calls for 31 parking spaces.
A previous plan, calling for 21 apartments, along with retail space, was abandoned late last year after it became clear a project of that magnitude could not move forward at the site.
"Multi-use residences help keep a commercial corridor vibrant in many ways, including shifting the tax base from our residents to commercial developers and helping our retail businesses by bringing additional consumers to the neighborhood," said Ald. Joel Tilleson, whose district includes the East Tosa neighborhood.
"I'm grateful for Anthony and Marty bringing us a quality development that falls within our current zoning code and brings market rate living to East Tosa."
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