|View from the NE|
That room also looks like it might be small, but it's hard to say. One can wish that it fills up quickly and they have to find more room: That's the kind of problem you'd like to see!
Moving up to the street level, tucked in just behind the entry driveway will be the public bike parking.
Since it will not be visible from the main entry, and may not be within 50 feet of the "primary" entry, there will need to be good signage. I'm not exactly sure how this meets code. I worry a little, too, about clearance from the stairwell and adequate maneuvering room next to what appear to be two car parking stalls.
Overall there are still compromises. Nothing can be done at this point, but the perimeter at sidewalk level still doesn't greet people in an inviting way. Most of the west sidewalk on Commercial will still skirt the concrete bowels of a parking garage.
|Blank walls of parking garage along Commercial St. sidewalk;|
the bike parking will be in bay behind the black car
|Detail view from NE|
The commercial storefronts also drop in a sheer wall on the north face, and there's no external path to draw in people on foot.
The conditions of approval include these, which I believe are at basement level rather than at street level:
Condition 1: A pedestrian access shall be provided along the north face of the lower level building facade, between the buildings and the creek...Addtionally, in the Staff Reponse on one section:
Condition 9: Provide pedestrian access to the walkway undercrossing of Commercial Street that was constructed with the Commercial Street Bridge Project...
The SWMU zone...does not require development of the south block...to provide a direct pedestrian conneciton from the west side of Commercial Street to the proposed path along Pringle Creek. Though a direct connection is not required, the applicant intends to try to make such a connection if possible.Fortunately, there is this interest in making a connection here at least down to the path, and while there is no formal design element or plan yet to address this, it has not been ruled out apparently, and we may see more on this later. We hope!
|Large Commercial Space opens to sidewalk|
|Two interior commercial spaces open only to parking garage|
|Pringle Square, 2012 version - commercial space as outrigger buildings|
These have been deleted from the design
Anyway, on the whole it's great to see the project moving forward.
Related in architecture news, at the library, our local Chapter of the AIA is having another round of architecture awards, and the "People's Choice" votes are in the lobby by the History Room.