3rd Ward Development’s Big Goals for Small Buildings

Bulldozers carved thick, black mounds of soil out of the ground on the corner Second Street SE and 11th Avenue SE, Wednesday, July 9th. They are building the foundation for the new location of the Kurik House, bright purple and boarded up right next door. Right now it squats on steel girders, missing it’s once expansive porch, a house waiting to be moved to its new home. The Kurik house is being moved to make way for six new townhouses. Across the alley on 3rd St. SE empty lots still have signs announcing a rezoning meeting for mid-april. Next year five new mixed-use, live-work, buildings will be going up. Both of these infill projects, and the restoration of the Kurik house, are the projects of 3rd Ward Development L.L.C. I spoke to Candy Wong, a realtor who handles Marketing for 3rd Ward Development, about their goals for New Bohemia. “[3rd Ward’s] concept is basically to enrich the neighborhood by adding living and live-work spaces we don’t have,” Wong said. First up are the row houses along 2nd St. Once the Kurik house is on its new foundation, they’ll break ground on the houses. This should happen at the beginning of August. Originally the plan was for five, but after talking to potential buyers they brought down the square footage (and the price) and added a sixth house. The houses will be between 1500 and 1700 square feet, across two levels. They will have modern, open interiors and park-under garages. “We would like to provide the only single family housing that’s new down here. All the rest is multi-family housing…