Maydestone renovation halfway done
Apartments in the Maydestone building downtown are starting to look more like homes as work progresses in the historic building’s restoration.
“It’s a very urban project, it’s a very prime location,” said Bay Miry of D&S Development. “There’s been a lot of people already inquiring about it.”
Renovation work on the century-old building at 15th and J streets started in September.
“Our whole goal was to do it in 10 months, and we’re still on that path,” Miry said. “We expect to have tenants in here by early summer.”
A previous article showed the progress made up to Nov. 17, and workers have made significant strides since then.
Miry added that the project has received funding from the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency.
“If it weren’t for SHRA, this wouldn’t have come together,” he said. “Without redevelopment (funds), there’s no way this could have happened.”
Most noticeable from the street is the exterior progress, in which bare wood has since been covered with wood siding and painted.
The paint scheme will reflect the building’s original colors, and much of the molding and other parts are original, including the fire escape facing 15th Street. The stucco covering on two of the sides is original, and has been restored in places. A steel staircase on the rear of the four-story building has been finished and meets modern fire code, Miry said.
The interior is being restored to include 32 units ranging in size from 450 – 750 square feet. They will qualify as affordable housing, and Miry said he is anticipating having tenants ranging from young professionals to empty-nesters looking for a downtown spot.
Rents will range from approximately $700 – $1,300 per month, Miry said, which will qualify as affordable housing for those earning approximately $30,000 – $60,000 per year.
Construction is being done in four stages of eight units each, and the first eight have had their walls covered, with detail work well under way.
Miry said workers are taking care to keep the historic character of the building intact, with the crown molding being restored or redone, and original fixtures – dressers, kitchen countertops and pull-out beds – are being restored and incorporated into the new spaces.
In that vein, original radiators will also remain in the units, but each one is equipped with modern central heating and air conditioning, Miry said. Also new to the units is a fire sprinkler system to meet fire code.
The interior walls will be smooth, with paneling in some areas. Curved joints between walls and ceilings in some areas preserve the older architectural feel of the building.
Insulation has been added, and the original windows have been restored. Miry said they are not multi-pane windows, but single-pane. They retain the rope-and-pulley systems, and the original counterweights are being used.
When constructed, the building’s walls were lath and plaster, and where there has been demolition work, sheetrock has been installed.
The basement will feature a fitness room, about 20 storage spaces tenants can rent and a lounge area with a kitchenette. All units in the building have their own kitchens, and Miry said the kitchenette in the lounge is included for convenience.
Washers and dryers will not be installed in each unit, but will be available in the basement.
Also in the basement is the original elevator equipment, which will not be functional, but will remain, with signs providing historical information, Miry said.
Eco-friendly materials are being used where applicable, and solar panels will be placed on the roof. LED lights will also be used in the building.
“It’s a bigger up-front cost, but it saves energy and money in the long run,” Miry said.
“We’re not taking any shortcuts,” he added. “(It’s a) really quality apartment project. Given how high-profile this is…. As far as our reputation, we want to make sure we do something that makes a statement.”
Brandon Darnell is a staff reporter for The Sacramento Press.