By: Michael K. Wilkinson
View 14, 2303 14th Street and Nehemiah Center, 2400 14th Street. Level 2 Development is planning two large condominium buildings across 14th Street from each other. The first, View 14, which was the subject of an extensive report on the sale of the landmark Petrovitch building a year ago in this newspaper (“Longtime 14th St. Auto Repair Business Sells Property to Developer,” July 2005, page 1), includes 36,000 square feet of commercial space. At grade, the developer is marketing 16,000 square feet of retail space to small grocers, restaurants, banks and other neighborhood oriented, pedestrian friendly businesses. There are plans for an outdoor seating area on the Belmont Street side of the building. In the 20,000 square-feet of commercial space on the building’s lower level, the developer is in negotiations to install a state of-the-art fitness center.
Across the street, the developer plans to replace the Nehemiah Center, a one-story complex with surface parking, with a 225-unit condominium building designed by noted architect Shalom Baranes. The building will feature a rooftop pool and green spaces that extend from the lobby outside to the courtyard of the building, with units ranging from studios to two-bedrooms. It will include 18,000 square feet of retail at grade, which the developer will market in the same way as the street-level retail at View14.