Currently, the approximately 5-acre industrial property consists of three parcels with several existing buildings and a parking lot. The project seeks to transform the property into a mixed-use development that will cater to the neighborhood and overall community. The proposal is to rezone the property to PUD with an underlying MXD-2 Mixed-Use zoning designation.
The main "ice house" building will be a reimagined space that builds on its unique attributes as a former ice depository. The vacant 30,000-square-foot building will undergo an extensive renovation. Intended uses include an event center, food hall, health and beauty, arts and entertainment, food/beverage production, and pop-up/permanent vendor space.
Drifter Coffee is also present on the site is Drifter Coffee. This building was the original security building and weigh station for the Ice House has been adaptively reused as a popular coffee house. Drifter has become a major contributor to the energy of the area. Drifter would remain as a nucleus business and would benefit greatly from improved exterior areas and direct connection to the expanded green area south of the Ice House.
The final existing component is the south industrial building, which is an existing 60,000-square-foot industrial building. This structure will be demolished and a four-story 100-unit apartment building will be constructed in its place. The housing will include first-floor accessible units, studios, one-bedroom units, social gathering spaces, and extensive greenspace. The development intends to explore options for dedicated affordability for workforce housing per the City of Ferndale guidelines.
This is a form of planning that allows for flexibility and creativity in normal zoning requirements. There are several requirements in the City's zoning ordinance that applicants must fulfill in order to qualify for this type of project. Those requirements include the following:
Preservation of significant natural features; a complementary mixture of uses; sustainable building and site design; open space greenways to link to adjacent to greenway corridors; transition areas from adjacent land uses; provision of affordable housing units; diversification of housing types provided in the City; preservation of historical buildings or site features; improvements to public streets or other public infrastructure; pedestrian and transit-oriented development; coordinated development of multiple assembled small parcels; and removal or renovation of blighted buildings, or sites or clean up of site contamination.
PUD projects are reviewed by staff and the Planning Commission via a Public Hearing, with final approval from City Council via Public Hearing.