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Renovation Report: Aging Magazine Street buildings get facelift

An addition to one of the buildings. Photo courtesy Fred Goodrow Sr.

An addition to one of the buildings. Photo courtesy Fred Goodrow Sr.

 

Project description: Mixed-use/historic renovation at 3616-18 Magazine St. and mixed-use addition and renovation at 3624-26 Magazine St.

Owner: JCRF Properties

Architect: Brian Anderson, Architect

Contractor: Mayer Building Company

Space: 8,805 square feet

Cost: $950,000

Start date: January 2019

Completion date: September 2019

It’s estimated that the buildings in the 3600 block of Magazine Street, located Uptown near the intersection of Louisiana Avenue, date back to the late 1800s or early 1900s.

As the aging stock in the area continually gets redeveloped and repaired, there is a dwindling and finite number of historic and interesting properties that require the types of renovations that two of the buildings recently received.

Mayer Building Company completed full renovations for the structures, inside and out, in their residential spaces, additions and exterior new construction and rehabilitations. The company white-boxed the three commercial areas that storefront on Magazine for quick and easy build-outs for the tenants that have already moved in.

The project at 3616-3618 Magazine St. included Historic Tax Credits and was overhauled to proper commercial building code for mixed-use occupancy. It now houses a Coast Roast coffee shop and a boutique named Polite Society.

At 3624-26 Magazine St., workers installed new systems for bringing the structure up to code. This included a fire sprinkler handicap ramp and custom metal hand/guard rails with finishes and applications that do not detract from the building’s presence on the corridor. The structure now holds Bliss Bridal boutique and new apartments in the addition in the rear of the property.

Contractors saved and re-installed old cypress doors and iron rim locks, antique floors and panels, brick and stucco chimneys and wood balconies and rails to use in the new residences.

Previously the spaces held apartments, a nail salon and a cabinet maker shop.

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