Monday, May 22, 2006

More News On The Crystal Ice Building

We might see the Crystal Ice getting going sooner than later.

Looks like there might be a lot of housing to go with it along with over 100K in retail. I got my money on Freidman talking to Trader Joe about a move in here, which will piss Safeway off. It looks like the leasing agents for the project, Retail West, are brokers for Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. Trader Joe's tend be much smaller in size, so it be a much better fit in that location. What about Dean and Delucca?

From the bio's of the team members, they seem to specialize in mixed use development.

Couple this with the R Street Plaza and that's going to be awesome stretch for evening markets , dinning and festivals.


TowerDistrict said...

I don't quite understand the scope of this project. It appears to occupy 1.5 blocks. Am I correct?

Do you have any clue as to who designed the project? I think it looks incredible - much more than one can fathom when strolling past the building now. Those upper-level green spaces are very cool, albeit exclusive to those residents.

This is the kind of stuff I love, though. I can't wait to take a 10 minute walk, or a quick one stop jump on light rail and be in the middle of a thriving R Street :)

btw - what is all the heavy equipment doing in the hole right next to the future Capitol Lofts? I cannot tell for myself.

LivingInUrbanSac said...

Correct. The Crystal Ice covers pretty much everthing on the south side of R Street between 16th and 18th.

GBD Architects out of Portland is working with Freidman on this.

I have seen that stuff outside of Capitol Lofts, but I have no idea what they are doing. All I have to say is about damn time.

kit said...

mmm, crystal ice. glad i got to see the inside before the gut it for development... ;)