Storefront Series 2: Delta Upsilon

On top of the exciting street improvements to NW 1st Avenue itself, the Gainesville CRA partnered with local businesses to encourage and support façade improvements to properties within the Midtown area. So far 11 properties along the corridor have taken advantage of the CRA’s Midtown Architectural Assistance, Façade Grant and Power Wash & Paint Programs.

For the second installment of our Storefront Series, we present a conceptual design for Delta Upsilon Fraternity from NW 1st Avenue.

Current NW 1st Avenue view

The brothers of Delta Upsilon Fraternity have had a presence at the University of Florida since the 1950s and currently reside in a restored fourteen room mansion.

Brame Heck Architects Inc stepped in to update the house with a more formal, less utilitarian appearance. The proposed a new look for the northern façade to complement the fraternity’s front façade on West University Avenue.

Proposed improvements on the NW 1st Avenue side

Proposed improvements to the home itself include new siding, lights, mansard roof and entry canopy.

Proposed improvements on the NW 1st Avenue side

A new fence brick, picket fence, pedestrian lights and landscaping will better define the property edges and exterior spaces to enhance security and complement both north and south facades.

The current parking lot layout will be revised to meet current codes and to formalize access to the building from the street.
Location: Delta Upsilon
Block: 1800
Architect: Brame Heck Architects Inc

All businesses on NW 1st Avenue will be open during project construction.

Stay tuned for more of our Storefront Series and remember to share your Midtown story with #midtownGNV
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