A rooftop bar will hold about 120 people and feature disc jockeys on various days. A swimming pool will share the rooftop with the bar and be open to the general public, said McKeever, who sees the pool as a touch that makes the venue stand out.
The project did not come without challenges. Indeed, McKeever said, his team bought a nearby retail strip mall to help the deal come together.
An original landowner who didn’t want the view of a grocery store blocked had imposed a one-story height restriction, McKeever said. He said the development team gathered approvals from a dozen property owners to allow their project to rise above ground level, and ultimately bought one of the surrounding retail strips to gain control of that property.
“We bring live-in business,” he said. “They all win as much as we will.”
The project’s two four-story apartment structures will contain 77 residences and underground parking. Rents for one- to three-bedroom units range from $1,500 to $2,500. Most will have balconies or patios and be available in summer 2021.
Alley Poyner Macchietto Architects is the designer; KSI Construction is the builder.
A 3,700-square-foot retail space remains available for a business on the street level of the south building, which is at 1411 S. 203rd St.
Attached to the north building, 1303 S. 203rd St., Barrel & Vine is projected to open next May, and also is to offer an outdoor patio area with fire pits. The bar will feature dozens of high-end bourbons and Scotch selections and more than 100 wine choices — thus the name, Barrel & Vine.