The project called for moving Bryant Mortuary on 635 Fulton Street a few feet to the eastern edge of its approximately 10,415-square-foot lot.
Further plans include the relocation of an existing residential Victorian. If all goes through, the building would be moved a half mile from 807 Franklin Street to 635 Fulton and then placed next to the mortuary.
When we reached out to Kerman Morris Architects, Toby Morris told us that the project is currently "in an investigative discovery phase" and that no plans have been approved.
Morris also noted that the family that owns Bryant Mortuary has owned the lot for decades and has no intentions of closing the family business in the foreseeable future.
We have also reached out to the mortuary, but did not receive a response.
If the plans are approved, it wouldn't be the first time a Victorian has been moved. During the late 1970s, many Western Addition buildings were relocated to new addresses as part of a decades-long urban renewal project that reshaped the area.
In addition to moving both houses, both the mortuary and the Victorian would see one-story and rear additions, as well as 14 new dwelling units.
Documents filed with Planning suggested renovating some of the space—currently used as part of the mortuary—and converting it to residential use.
This means the mortuary building would be converted to a four-story, 13,044-sq.-ft. structure containing
ten units. Eight would be two-bedroom units, and the other two three-bedrooms.
The existing Victorian would be converted to a three-story, 8,322-square-foot building and have a total of seven units, with three one-bedroom units and four other two-bedroom units.
The two buildings would then comprise a total of 17 units; currently, they have three units.
The Victorian also includes a basement level with bicycle storage and a trash room. In the future, occupants of both buildings would share those facilities.
As for parking, only 32 bike parking spaces are currently being proposed, and none for cars.
The project would also add five new trees on Fulton Street after construction is completed. However, a time frame for construction has not yet been determined.
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