Located at the intersection of Pine Street and Melrose Avenue, Excelsior acts as a gateway to the Pike/Pine neighborhood and sets a precedent for adaptive reuse of historic buildings in this vibrant and unique area. Two character structures, the Timken Roller Bearing Building and the Melrose Building, were retained in exchange for zoning incentives that allow an increase height and FAR for new construction.
The facades and street-level tenant spaces of the Timken and Melrose Buildings were restored as was the facade of the garage building adjacent to the Melrose Building. The new building is set back from the face of the retained character structures on three sides. It is detailed as four distinct buildings, each tailored to the historic structures and the street character below.
A mid-block court provides light, air and open space for residents and introduces a new greenspace to the street. Colorful retail and residential terraces on the southwest corner add activity and interest to the street below in eeping with the transformation of Melrose Avenue into a future pedestrian promenade.