The former apartment house on the corner of Eastern Star Avenue and Cherokee Road (seen below before construction) was once as stately as its Victorian neighbors. Developers have taken the structure back to the basics in a massive gut-rehab intended to recover some of its past elegance. Changes include a new stucco exterior, new pitched roof, and upscale finishes throughout.
The new building will contain six luxury condominiums including new townhomes built in the back of the building along Eastern Star Avenue. The project is being dubbed The Marseilles of Cherokee Road, continuing the theme of other luxury developments along Cherokee Road invoking the names of Old Europe.
The project was scheduled to have its first units complete by late summer, but by the looks of construction progress, they may miss that mark by just a bit. In fact, after early demolition progress, the site sat idle for most of the summer before a recent flurry of activity has brought the house back to life.
It’s quite remarkable the project got off the ground at all considering the anti-development sentiments of the Cherokee Triangle as evidenced in ongoing negotiations with the Jefferson Development Group over two projects it plans in the area. Hopefully we will see completed units by the end of the year.
- The Marseilles of Cherokee Road (Official Site)
- Inverness Annex Still Planned for Highlands (Broken Sidewalk)
Big surprise, I like the old one. The new plan looks like your average McMansion. Pork-chop returns on the dormer, 45 degree roof pitch, same pitch on dormer and main roof. It’s pretty much offensive all around.
Wow-Looks like these are finally finished. Kurt, it is hard to believe you preferred the previous exterior (which was also not original). It was a poorly built slapped on set of rooms that totally covered the original building face.
I am struck by the writer’s odd opinion that the Cherokee Triangle population is “opposed” to development- As this is the third condo redevelopment within one half block of my Cherokee Road home. What I think most of the locals are opposed to is the kind of over the top “Belterra Casino” style buildings proposed by Kogan’s outfit…..
It’s great to hear the Marseilles project is wrapping up, Deidre. If you haven’t seen the, be sure to check out the construction coverage of the project here and here and here. I will have to write up a complete recap now that it’s finishing up.
When referencing the sentiments surrounding the Cherokee Grande project one block down Cherokee, I didn’t mean to suggest that neighborhood’s opposition to is inherently wrong or that defense of the neighborhood should be surrendered in the face of any development. The process did seem to be moving along and more recent proposals were markedly better than the original. The facades were broken up and set back and the total height made to match the Inverness condos down the street. There were strong emotions on both sides of the debate.