Monday, April 04, 2016
How About a Green Wall for the Greenway?
Those who oppose this project have said (1) it is too big for needs in that area; (2) Benner should shoulder a portion of the cost; (3) it will disrupt traffic patterns in an already congested area; (4) it will present safety concerns to residents; and (5) the aesthetics are all wrong.
According to a Desman Design parking study of just that area of the South Side, there is a need for 850 additional parking spaces. Benner's greenway building will supply part of the demand (300 spaces), but other developments being planned in that area include student housing (335 beds), restaurants (140 spaces) and retail (30 spaces). Desman reports that "the location of the proposed development means that only a few of the existing public parking facilities and on-street parking spaces can be viewed as viable parking options to satisfy the demand generated by the development."
Should Benner shoulder a portion of the cost? He already is.His tenants will be paying between $57 and $65 for 300 parking spots. That will amount to over $6 million of the cost.
Traffic patterns will clearly be disrupted, and the City has addressed some changes to address the situation.
Concerns about crime are legitimate, but a police substation is moving into the ground floor.
Aesthetics can be enhanced John Noble's archotecural rendering of apartment buildings proposed next to the Wilbur Mansion, which he calls :"Frank Lloyd Wright West with a touch of South Bethlehem," has been a home run to most City residents. Instead of the usual monolithic garage, a green wall like you see above would be a perfect invitation to the greenway.. That will add to cost, but also make a statement.