A mixed-use development comprising a restaurant and upscale condominium units is planned to replace a building on North College Street that housed the last Bourbon Street Bar.
Stacy Norman Architects presented an initial concept for the development to the Downtown Auburn Design Review Panel on Tuesday, with the project set to include a restaurant and bar on two floors and up to six units of condominium on three additional floors, with a roof terrace to top it off. to build.
“I think what we’re seeing is that on the non-student side of housing, there’s an interest in people being downtown,” said Stacy Norman, head of the company that bears her name. , to the Opelika-Auburn News. “I think the owner saw that and…(that’s) why he’s interested in providing a building like this.”
The existing building, which sits at 103 N. College St., will be demolished this year after having been vacant since 2020, when Bourbon Street closed for good. It served for years as a popular bar and concert hall among students.
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Norman said the development should be about 75 feet tall to meet Auburn’s building height limits. The condominiums will include balconies and will be accessible by elevator or stairs. He said potential residential tenants are already contacting the developer, Ben Giles, and if requested, one of the condominium units could take up a full floor.
“We have a two-bedroom option, a three-bedroom option, and then the full floor would be a four-bedroom option,” Norman said. “Then we booked the first and second floor as restaurant and bar.”
A separate architectural firm in Atlanta will design the restaurant, Norman said. He added that talks are underway with potential restaurateurs to lease the space, but he is not aware of any chain or franchise occupying the space, which in the rendering of the artist is called “The Kick Six Restaurant & Grill”.
The roof terrace will primarily serve as a seating area for restaurant patrons, although due to the height limitation of the building, Norman said nothing fixed could be added to the terrace such as a bar or toilets. .
There are no parking spaces adjacent to the development, so 12 spaces on East Magnolia Avenue will be leased to Auburn United Methodist Church for at least the next 10 years for tenants to use, according to Norman.
Stacy Norman Architects previously undertook design work downtown, with the Thomas Building on Toomer’s Corner currently occupied by PNC Bank and residential tenants, and Norman said his firm hopes to draw inspiration from the building’s design to the new mixed-use project.
“It definitely won’t be a copy of (the Thomas Building), but it would be how we try to break it down floor by floor,” he said. “With the ground lines, we’re looking at ways to add a sort of band to it so that it’s not just one unbroken texture or color.”
The design includes windows on all sides of the building, and Norman said he was asked by the DDRC about the future of those on the north and south sides of the building if neighboring properties were to be built as well.
“Physically we can’t take the windows out because of our fire resistance… so the easiest thing would be to cover them up,” he said.
Norman said Giles expects to receive a demolition permit and building permit within the next three to four months in order to demolish the existing building and begin construction on the new development by the end of the summer.
“We think it will take 12-16 months to build…(but) in the conditions we find ourselves in right now, it’s hard to judge that in terms of material availability, delays and things like that” , said Norman.
Construction will be led by Batson-Cook Construction, but Norman said demolition and construction costs have yet to be determined.