But for the rest of us, a Public Hearing Notice is the first opportunity to look at the concept proposed for the first project on the North Campus of the State Hospital.
The City's already working on the Yaquina Hall rehab and remodel, but this is the first private development on the grassy fields after the buildings were all demolished.
|Concept for 211 apartments; next phase for houses along D St.|
|The apartments would go in the middle section of the east parcel|
A Minor Comprehensive Plan Map Amendment and Zone Change from Public and Private Health Services to Single Family and Multi-Family Residential designations to allow for a future mixed density residential development, and a subdivision to further divide the subject property into four lots.I don't think there's really anything to criticize here, and it's hard to see this in any way other than a necessary, routine matter.
Maybe someone will develop a legitimate critique, but it seems to me that any observations about the prospect for a cookie-cutter apartment complex are not at all relevant to this stage of the process. (Though of course we can still register our disappointment that this is the direction things are heading.)
|A proposal for a triplex on Market Street|
|From the Design Standards Workshop earlier this week|
If so, the shifting nomenclature, "Class 3" vs. "Type III," obscures the process for non-specialists, and the City might consider standardizing language.
In any event, this project might be a useful case study for the changes proposed in the missing middle standards - this is how we do it now, this is how it could be done, etc.
Update, April 17th
Last night the Planning Commission was to have met to consider a set of proposed changes on the project.
It remains sad that they couldn't keep more of the street grid and use more missing middle forms rather than the hard transition between single-family and three-story walkups set on a parking lot.