An overdue rehabilitation of the Boxlift Building at 1909 NE MLK has begun. The building is also known as 333 NE Hancock, home to a number of artists’ studios.
From the website of Waterleaf Architecture:
After completing a tenant improvement design for a new salon and spa in the Boxlift Building, the building owner hired Waterleaf to develop concepts for a complete renovation of the building façade and site improvements. The concept selected by the owner incorporates new canopies to replace existing awnings, and accentuates the vertical column bays providing an appropriate fit with the building’s early 1900’s era of construction. Detailing in the storefront system, canopies and façade materials help blend the building well with established architectural styles along NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
According to the Hollywood Star newspaper, the building is called Boxlift because “In the 1920’s, an auto dealership was housed at the site, and a boxlift was used to convey heavy cases between floors. Although ownership changed and restoration occured over the years, the boxlift always remained. When new management took over in 2006, the tenants decided to highlight the unique feature by naming the space the Boxlift Building.”
Here are some photos of the Boxlift’s presently-scrappy exterior:
The ground floor holds two businesses on its MLK streetscape: Dunes, and Strut Salon. The third storefront was last used by Straight Blast gym; I’m told, and the leasing info sign on the front on the building confirms it, that the Boxlift’s owners are looking to lease it to a restauranteur.