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Developer Scales Back Plans For Downtown Mixed Condo Unit

A rendering of 121 Kirkwood west of CVS on Kirkwood Avenue.

A Bloomington developer is scaling back plans for a mixed-use building one block from the courthouse square. It would occupy a small parking lot west of the CVS on Kirkwood Avenue.

The five-story 22 condominium project was met with skepticism in November. The proposal comes while the city moves forward with stricter downtown height and density regulations

Bloomington Plan Commission members had their first reading Monday night of what would now be a four-story 16 condominium project. It comes with 19 private resident parking spots and ground floor retail space. 

The building still exceeds the maximum permitted height by 16 feet, but commission members were pleased at the potential of diversified living units – condos, not apartments.

Commission member Joe Hoffmann says he knows the modern, sleek design doesn’t match the historic nature of the buildings around it, but says that doesn’t matter - the downtown is eclectic.

"The CVS building next door is basically art-deco so we’ve jumped a century already from the beginning of the courthouse square to the CVS building, this is moving us into the next hundred years. I think it’s great," Hoffmann says.

The developer also added some architectural elements to help compliment other buildings in the area. The project will move forward to a second hearing in March.

A three-story mixed-use building was approved on the site of another parking lot north of the downtown Firestone Tire on Walnut Avenue. The project will have ground floor retail space and house 14 studio apartments.

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