Doko Depot almost there

Doko Depot

BLYTHEWOOD – Four years and many meetings later, Doko Depot is on the cusp of being finished, purchased and open for business by sometime in September or October, according to Chris Hill of Hill Construction LLC.

Representing Don and Sarah Russo of Freeway Music who are purchasing the building, Hill appeared before the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) Monday evening to request approval for a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) to permit the alteration of the Doko Depot Building.

The proposed alterations will address additional points of entry to the building to accommodate the music store on one end and a restaurant on the other.

The proposal includes the replacing two rear windows with entry doors consistent in appearance with the doors present on the existing structure. Another alteration would provide entry to and from a music/storage room and accommodate food deliveries to the restaurant.

Additionally, Hill is requesting a door located at the north end of the building be relocated to redirect traffic. The proposed doors will visually match the existing doors.

The applicant also proposed the installation of two new windows on the rear of the building (side facing the railroad track). Those windows would provide additional light for classrooms in the music store. The windows will be identical to the existing windows, so that the character of the property will be maintained, Hill said.

The board voted unanimously to approve the alterations

Signage will be reviewed by the BAR at a later time in consultation with staff.