PORTSMOUTH – The historic Frank Jones Warehouse on Market Street is undergoing a transformation.
The historic restoration and addition will be constructed on the designs of CJ Architects of Portsmouth. The developer, Aland Realty, chose CJ Architects for the project given its success working in Portsmouth’s Historic District as well as its reputation for creating functional design of lasting value.
The restoration and expansion blends the old with the new. For example, old beams and floorboards that no longer satisfy structural requirements will be carefully removed and stored for milling and reuse in the building’s interior by Eport Wood Products.
Eport of Portsmouth is a specialty provider of high-end custom wood products. Local craftsman with decades of experience will use the reclaimed timbers to create custom woodwork and fine furniture in the New England tradition.
“We are extremely pleased with the incredible design work of CJ Architects,” said Chris Erikson of Aland Realty. “Carla Goodknight and her team did an exceptional job of combining their extensive design expertise with community input to restore and create a living and working space that is both beautiful and functional.
The project will be named “The Granary” and include six large residential condominiums for sale and four to five street-level commercial units for lease. All residential and commercial units will be on one-level with water views over the Piscataqua River.
Construction is expected to continue into late 2017 during which time the developer is working with local merchants and city officials to minimize traffic and construction impacts. All stores on Ceres and Market streets will remain open.
“The Frank Jones Warehouse represents an important historic landmark in Portsmouth’s downtown. We are grateful for the opportunity we’ve had to bring this building back to life,” said Carla Goodknight, AIA principal architect at CJ Architects. “With each building we design or restore in Portsmouth, we work for extend and preserve the special fabric of the community that makes it a great place to live and work.”