INTRODUCTION


FIRE STATION BLOCK - SITE PLAN STUDIES

Commissioned by the City of Westminster, the Fire Station Block Site Plan Studies is an exploration of site development options for the block bounded by Osceola St. and Bradburn Blvd. to the east and west, and 73rd Ave and 72nd Way to the north and south. The project included development of site plans, unit floor plans, and preliminary landscape concepts. There are two sub-areas: the northwest corner of the block where the current Harris Park is located (Area 1), and the area south of the fire station (Area 2). For each of these sub-areas, two development options are provided.
INTRODUCTION
FIRE STATION BLOCK

SITE PLAN OPTION 1


FIRE STATION BLOCK - SITE PLAN STUDIES

Site Plan Option 1  assumes that the fire station will continue to function in its current building, but the helicopter landing pad and some of the parking located to the south will be removed to provide space for row houses. This option proposes 16 dwelling units and 5,276 s.f. of non-residential space in Area 1, and 11 row houses in Area 2.
SITE PLAN OPTION 1
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SITE PLAN OPTION 2


FIRE STATION BLOCK - SITE PLAN STUDIES

Site Plan Option 2 assumes that the fire station will move to another location and the secondary areas of the building will be removed, leaving only the apparatus bay to function as a museum showcasing vintage fire trucks. This option proposes 7 live-work row houses, 4,852 s.f. of non-residential space, and an ancillary dwelling unit in Area 1, and 24 dwelling units (18 in a hallway building and 6 as row houses) in Area 2.
SITE PLAN OPTION 2
FIRE STATION BLOCK

PODIUM BUILDING (AREA 1 OPTION 1)


FIRE STATION BLOCK - SITE PLAN STUDIES

The 'Podium Building' provides 16 dwelling units and 5,276 s.f. of non-residential floor area in a single building in Area 1. The ‘Podium Building’ accommodates a ground floor parking garage wrapped with non-residential suites that are accessed from the sidewalk. The rear doors of these retail and business suites open directly to the parking garage. Residential units (one and two-bedroom apartments and live/work units) are accessed from a second-story courtyard. A small plaza on 73rd Avenue not only increases the retail frontage and allows sunlight to reach the sidewalk, but also provides a graceful connection to the courtyard from the sidewalk.
PODIUM BUILDING (AREA 1 OPTION 1)
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LIVE-WORK & APARTMENTS (AREA 1 OPTION 1)


FIRE STATION BLOCK - SITE PLAN STUDIES

Unit A is a three-story live-work unit with a street-level work studio accessed directly from the sidewalk. The work studio is connected with the dwelling unit above through an internal staircase. However, the two can be rented separately if desired. The two-story dwelling unit is accessed from the courtyard through an ample porch. Units B and C are single-story apartments accessed from the courtyard. The one-bedroom C Units are walk-ups and located over the two-bedroom B Units. This composition has many porches and balconies, which relate to the courtyard and encourage neighborly interaction.
LIVE-WORK & APARTMENTS (AREA 1 OPTION 1)
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APARTMENTS & CONDOS (AREA 1 OPTION 1)


FIRE STATION BLOCK - SITE PLAN STUDIES

Unit D is a single-story apartment located on the NW corner of the Podium Building. It is accessed directly from the courtyard. It is a spacious dwelling unit organized around a generous covered balcony that is inspired by the Italian “Loggia.” Units E and F are single-story apartments accessed from the courtyard. The units are mirrored and stacked to create a building with 4 units, as seen in the plans to the right. F Units are walk-ups located over the E Units.
APARTMENTS & CONDOS (AREA 1 OPTION 1)
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COMPACT ROW HOUSE (AREA 2 OPTION 1)


FIRE STATION BLOCK - SITE PLAN STUDIES

Unit G is a compact row house.  These are efficient dwelling units with attached two-car garages. The kitchen, dining and living spaces are located on the ground floor and address the sidewalk via a spacious porch.  Three bedrooms and two baths are located on the upper floor.
COMPACT ROW HOUSE (AREA 2 OPTION 1)
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LIVE-WORK (AREA 1 OPTION 2)


FIRE STATION BLOCK - SITE PLAN STUDIES

Unit H is a three-story live-work unit.  The ground-floor work studio is accessible directly from the sidewalk and is connected to the residential unit by an interior stair. The work studios can be occupied by the residents or rented separately.  They may also be combined to accommodate larger businesses. The residential unit located on the second and third stories is accessible from the garage as well as from the street. Kitchen, dining and living spaces open onto a south-facing patio located over the garage. The patio can accommodate a small kitchen garden.
LIVE-WORK (AREA 1 OPTION 2)
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LIVE-WORK CORNER UNIT (AREA 1 OPTION 2)


FIRE STATION BLOCK - SITE PLAN STUDIES

Unit I is a smaller, single-story variation of Unit H. The ground-floor work studio is accessible directly from the sidewalk and has exposure to the street on two sides. In order to make better use of the corner location, the residential entrance from the street is located off of Bradburn next to the garage. The single-level residential unit is located on the second story. As in Unit H,  the kitchen, dining and living spaces open onto the south facing patio located over the garage.
LIVE-WORK CORNER UNIT (AREA 1 OPTION 2)
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APARTMENT OVER GARAGE (AREA 1 OPTION 2)


FIRE STATION BLOCK - SITE PLAN STUDIES

Unit J is located over the three-unit garage that is proposed on the south side of  the alley. The garage units are to be owned or rented by the business owners. The walk-up apartment is a simple one-bedroom unit with a spacious south facing porch and an ancillary unit character.
APARTMENT OVER GARAGE (AREA 1 OPTION 2)
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LOFTS & APARTMENTS (AREA 2 OPTION 2)


FIRE STATION BLOCK - SITE PLAN STUDIES

This simple, efficient apartment building has a double-loaded hallway and an underground garage with easy access from the dwelling units. An elevator from parking (shown here) is optional. The ground-floor units (K, L and M) are single-level apartments accessible from both the interior hallway and the sidewalk. The upper-level loft units (N, O and P) are accessed by interior hallway only.  The lofts have a double-height living room and a third-story master suite. The third story is set back significantly, making the building appear two-stories tall from the sidewalk.
LOFTS & APARTMENTS (AREA 2 OPTION 2)
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