If you've been to Little Italy recently, you've undoubtedly seen the construction underway on India Street, where developer H.G. Fenton Company, in partnership with the Little Italy Association, is reconfiguring West Date Street into a project that will combine a mix of shops, restaurants, and residences that's scheduled to be complete by Spring 2017.
The main feature is "Piazza Famiglia", a 10,000-square-foot European-styled public piazza that spans the length of Date Street between India and Columbia. The pedestrian park, which will feature a fountain and multiple outdoor seating areas, will host farmer's markets, concepts and cultural events.
The project also includes two high-end apartment complexes — a 28-unit apartment community situated just east of The Princess Pub and a 97-unit building at India and Date, which will house over 13,000-square-feet of restaurant and commercial space, split between 11,000-square-feet on the ground floor and 2,500-square-feet on the second story with a 1,000-square-foot dining terrace. There will also be an underground garage beneath the piazza that will hold about 50 new public parking spaces.
H.G. Fenton will be asking for Request for Proposals from parties interested in the prime restaurant space with Sweet 100, which has investments in Burger Lounge and Carnitas' Snack Shack, handling the RFP process. Sweet 100 managing partner Mike DiNorscia says, "Our goal is to try to attract the best of the best to this project and make it something that the city can be proud of."