A rendering of a mixed-use project at 123-129 East 5th St. in Plainfield — Courtesy: Taylor Architecture & Design
By Joshua Burd
A proposal to bring 18 new apartments and commercial space to a cultural district in Plainfield has secured a key local approval.
Taylor Architecture & Design, the project’s architect, announced Thursday that the city’s zoning board has approved the mixed-use building at 123-129 East 5th St. Located within the Cleveland Arts District, the project calls for a four-story building with apartments on three upper floors and a bakery, a small retail space and covered parking on the ground floor.
The Plainfield zoning board approved the project unanimously, agreeing to three bulk variances for setbacks and lot coverage, as well as two variances for parking and floor area ratio, according to a news release. Brian M. Taylor, president of Taylor Architecture & Design, noted that building owner Marcos Lascano Sr. hopes to bring his brand of bakery and café to the Plainfield area, modeling it after his existing business in Union City.
The building would sit within a city-designated district that is meant to promote arts, culture, restaurants and entertainment, Taylor said. The location is also a block from a train station.
The North Plainfield-based architect also on Thursday detailed the project’s design, which feature a combination of iron spot brick veneer, stucco panel and standing seam metal parapets. He added that the design aims to use traditional materials in a clean, more modern approach that will introduce a fresh architectural style into the Plainfield cultural district.
Each apartment will be ADA compliant and include a gourmet kitchen, washer and dryer, covered outdoor balconies and separate resident storage units.