In the 1920’s, the Industrial complex Roberts and Mander Stove Company manufactured stoves until 1950. Since that time the site had different owners, and was left abandoned for many years except for Cosmopolitian Motors at one end of the site. C2 Architects proposed a two phased development for conversion of the factories into upscale apartments. The Hatboro Lofts began in 2006, followed by phase two, Jacksonville Green now under construction, opening fall of 2018, to be completed in 2019. These projects started with rezoning to include a residential overlay district in the industrial corridor along Jacksonville Road. Preservation of the brick walls, steel structure and vaulted skylights along with many unique features, brings out the modern urban architectural style.
Working through the landscape design, we maximized narrow corridors for green space, being bound on the west by train tracks, and on the east by the road with parking, drives and service areas on the remaining property. Providing street trees and groves of vegetation to soften the urban context, with lighting in keeping with the borough design standards, the streetscape is vastly different from its industrial past. Planting design for courtyards, and green roofs above the parking garage make the most of views to green space from the apartments. An outdoor patio, will allow residents to find a cool oasis away from the road and rail corridors. In addition to these new spaces there’s a barbeque grilling area, fitness center and lounge. Plantings are scheduled for installation in the spring of 2019.
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