On Tuesday the 7th the Planning Commission will consider the latest site plan review for 246 apartments at the North Campus of the State Hospital.
|Apartment blocks in blue; private drive and parking lots|
off cul-de-sacs; single detached homes line D and Park
I'm having a hard time thinking about it, though. This will just be a shallow overview, therefore.
The Staff Report
is also a little confusing.
|Staff Recommendation is not strong and gives two choices|
Initially it recommends denial, but then says, but if you don't want to, that's ok, and here's an alternative.
|Proposed conditions, pt 1|
|Proposed conditions, pt. 2|
Of interest in the proposed conditions are ones for trees, sidewalks, and a couple of intersections.
It was great to see Cherriots call for sidewalks. Maybe they have done this before, but I don't remember seeing them call out something like this so specifically.
|Cherriots weighed in|
Because the project has private streets, parking lots and driveways, and is conceived as a kind of enclave on a superblock, sidewalks provide important connectivity for non-auto travel including people biking.
|Two main sidewalks instead of internal streets|
The main reason for denial is the request for an adjustment reducing a required 10-foot setback, but I can't find anywhere on the site plan with less than a 10-foot setback. This corner shows 10.5 and 12.5 foot setbacks, and I don't understand the problem. (If and when I do, I will edit and update here as necessary.)
Overall it's not a very high quality project, but it's now almost certainly too late in the process to improve it very much. It's a cookie-cutter set of three story walk-ups set on a parking lot and superblock, and we missed an opportunity for something more urban in form.
Maybe there will be more to say later.
NESCA posted a note to FB that they were endorsing and supporting the project.
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