A neighborhood grocery store, an adaptive reuse project.
The goal of this project is to create a space to encourage social and economic growth in the Washington Park-Martin Drive area. In order to achieve this goal, the project retrofits a 19th century Kohl's grocery store with new programs and uses that will cater to the unique needs of this community.
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A diagram showing multiple borders of current and past residential neighborhoods and industrial campuses.
This Kohl's grocery store was built in 1965. Currently, the building remains unoccupied and unused. The building sits on a large site with an expansive parking lot between W. Juneau Avenue in the north, Highland Boulevard to its south, and 35th and 37th Street defining its eastern and western boundaries respectively. The image above documents the development on this site over time. The gray zones depict open space such as streets and parking lots. In the past this block was a dense residential neighborhood with homes and built-up properties. The series shows how the parking lot grew over time to engulf the entire area. The only remaining building from the past that remains in this site is the Hope Lutheran Church. The design plans to use this extensive parking lot to create multiple public spaces and year-long activity areas.
The building design reuses the major structure of the building and redesigns the various spaces inside to serve innovative purposes. The structural and environmental systems are retained using open building principles, and a series of infills are suggested to accommodate new uses such as a grocery store, retail space, public gathering, and a Harley Davidson community engagement center.