Stevens & Associates was hired to perform a feasibility study of rebuilding and improving the Brooks House after a fire destroyed much of the building in April 2011.
The study included architectural renovations and additions, structural improvements, and site improvements that include a vibrant pedestrian space in an under-utilized parking lot area behind the building.
The vision for the building includes expanded retail and dining facilities, a coworking space, and market-rate and luxury apartments.
Several of the apartments would be handicapped accessible, a significant improvement over the accommodations in existence before the fire. The proposed design also restores a historic two-story porch along Main Street, among other details.
The project is currently in design development under new ownership, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.