[Architect Dennis Langley (far right) recently showed members of the Batavia Historic Preservation Commission some of the changes that would be made to the Campana building exterior.]
Evergreen Real Estate Group of Chicago plans to renovate the building and put 80 apartments inside, in a $30 million project that would use affordable housing and historic preservation tax credits to help finance the project.
The Campana building, with its iconic 100-foot-tall tower and signature glass block, was constructed in 1936, as a cosmetics factory.
There are two key changes that Evergreen is proposing to the building’s exterior.
The first is a line of about 80 operable windows, measuring five feet wide by two feet, 10 inches tall, running the length of the building facade, about 2 feet above ground level, immediately below the existing line of glass block on the first floor.
Screening the alteration from view would be a two-foot-high berm, topped with landscaping, set about 20 feet in front of the building on a line about even with the front of the structure’s central tower and main entrance.