700 Central is a prime example of adaptive reuse and historic preservation. There are 80 market rate apartment units as part of this redevelopment ranging from studios to two bedroom units. The units have been carefully designed around the existing structure and act as a gentle addition to the existing context. Floors, columns, beams, and their connections are celebrated by being left exposed.
Each existing building has a unique structural system despite appearing as similar brick warehouses from the exterior—the 708 building a 7-story reinforced concrete frame and the 700 building a 4-story heavy timber frame. Leaving these two different structures exposed has created a profoundly complementary experience that embraces the historic materials.
In addition to the residential units, the project incorporates mixed-use components as well. There are two leased spaces on the ground level of the 700 building. Currently, one of the spaces is a restaurant and the other is retail.