The existing Community Church–the Nazarene at 14-14 Central Avenue will be incorporated into a new 8-story development that will contain 142 apartments, and a sanctuary, offices and meeting rooms for the Church. Accessed by separate entrances and lobbies the residential program, and church will share the site with a commercial laundromat, and a Universal Pre-K, in a true mixed-use development.
Facade design elements will enhance the block’s street-wall, addressing the sidewalk with brick pillars indicating the location of the sanctuary, a perforated brick screen teasing interior elements, the massing broken up to give identity to the different program elements. The exterior of the building will be an attractive mix of masonry and colorful equitone paneling.
Residential lobby, commercial laundromat (2,500 sf), Universal Pre-K, storage for 71 bicycles, mail room, community room, recreation room and an landscaped outdoor terrace occupy the ground floor.
A separate lobby for the Community Church on the ground floor, accesses a double height sanctuary including a performance stage.
The second floor will contain church offices, meeting rooms and space for an after-school youth vocational training program including media studios and a commercial training kitchen. The building will be a community center, a resource offering many needed services, while expanding and upgrading a popular sacred building without relocation.