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  1. As was mentioned previously, if you keep these 7 buildings, and use them as the template for infill, you will end up with some quality architecture designed on a human scale. FCC will have an awesome little two block area next to their stadium. If you tear them all down, you will end up with bland car oriented garbage.
  2. Troy, I understand your point about West End redevelopment being a long ways off. I agree with you when you are talking about the West End north of Liberty. However, the West End south of Liberty has almost no Historic stock left. It was mostly all demolished for Public housing, and the later, for City West. The Wade/Bauer blocks are a small pocket where there are a few historic buildings, and the original street grid is still intact. Someone had already restored a couple of the buildings on Wade into condos if I remember correctly. Considering that the MLS wanted this stadium here rather than Oakley because they want it to have a European feel, I am arguing that the Wade Bauer area north of the stadium is the way to do that. I doubt anyone from FC reads this forum, but on the off chance they do, here is my Plea: Do not turn Wade and Bauer into surface lots. Partner with 3cdc or Model group or someone and restore the Historic buildings, and infill the vacant land. You will have a gem of a small sub neighborhood right next to your stadium.
  3. Concerning FC buying up as many properties as it can on Wade and Bauer; I believe they have huge potential there to create what the Banks could have been. True mixed use Urban without terrible architecture. They can call it FC Village or something. Keep the Historic buildings, tear down the single story cinder block crap, replace with new 4 story infill, first floor retail, residence on top. I know they want to build a giant parking structure on the block that is the Tri-State building/Ballet, but if they would incorporate that into this FC Village concept, that would go a long way towards making this whole site far incorporated into the surrounding area. I know this is pie in the sky and they will probably just tear as much down for parking as they can, but I can dream. Also, I am still amazed they have not bought out the cell tower or whatever that is. That thing is going to stick out like a sore thumb right in front of the stadium.
  4. For anyone who lives in Pendleton, here is a link to a survey concerning the Liberty Street Road Diet. I personally answered every question with, "six lane option is worth less that nothing, no one wants that, you're better off doing nothing" https://forms.gle/WDysdZX7MSShBoou8
  5. The current designs of the stadium are garbage. That thing is going to stick out like a sore thumb in a historic neighborhood. I would like to see a brick facade, and a design that references the old brewery buildings that used to face Central Parkway. But more importantly, the city should demand an actual site plan before approving the variance. The potential front buildings on Central parkway are super important to making this somewhat fit into the neighborhood.
  6. Article said there would be a pedestrian bridge over KY 9 connecting this venue to the rest of the Ovation site. I don't really understand where put it. Does that mean the music venue is going in east of the new traffic circle in between 3rd and 5th? Also, concerning outdoor concerts in the basin, the Casino quit doing their outdoor concerts on the lawn. I don't really know why as they seemed to draw well.
  7. Stadiums do not drive develpoment. Sports teams like to say this, but there is zero data to back it up. Whatever population growth OTR and the west end see over the next 10 years would have happened regardless of the stadium.
  8. When you look at it from an aerial view, it blends in with Sigma Sigma commons with the green roofs and non perpendicular angles. Seems like the architect focused more on that aspect than the ground level view.
  9. I know that site used to have an old brewery building on it. Anyone know if there are tunnels under that parking lot?
  10. I hate the convention center. It kills that whole area. In my ideal world they would tear down the current one, reconnect Plum, let 3CDC do their thing to reinvigorate the area. Then partner with the casino, add another floor to the casino which would be the convention center. Then at least we could have only one giant ugly building that would be 2 stories, instead of 2 giant ugly 1 story buildings.
  11. The density is great, but I HATE the combinations of facade materials. Brick for 5 stories, then siding for 3, but all siding over here in front of the garage. Just pick a material a go with it.
  12. Does anyone know what the hold up is with this site? It would seem cheaper to build on an already vacant site as compared to the demolition of the old hospital they are doing for The District. With all the new apartment buildings that have gone up around campus, It is very surprising this land has stayed empty for so long.
  13. Development at the Banks has basically come to a Halt. I know there is all the talk about a music venue, and a proposal for phase 3. But hard reality is that Phase 3 of the Banks has been sitting there ready for development for a couple years now, and nothing. If we can't even get something built on phase 3, which is "shovel ready", I don't see us ever getting these caps built and something developed on them. There obviously isn't enough demand for that right now.
  14. I missed the Pendleton Neighborhood council meeting last night, but I heard this udpate. Matthew Andrews from the city came and presented about a 7 lane option for the liberty street road diet. Essentially keeping the road as is but with pedestrian bump outs. Pendleton voted in favor of this. I don't know if this is going in front of OTRCC again or if this is just making up for Pendleton not being included in the presentations for the road diet in the first place. Seems like with FCC coming in though, the road diet is never going to happen.
  15. I don't think you have to worry about that, they have already started construction on "phase 1" lets call it, on the North side of Straight street.
  16. The $250,000 is currently spent in a smaller area, mainly around Vine Street and Washington Park. They will need the $650,000 to provide these additional services on all the streets in the new proposal.
  17. The ballet parking lot at the corner of Wade and Central parkway is the site of what used to be a brewery. There are lager tunnels under the parking lot. You can actually still see the foundation of the building at the perimeter of the lot. I assume they mean to incorporate the tunnels into the new development. However, the ballet has a lease on that parking lot. FC still needs to buy them out of their lease for the parking lot, and the building at some point.
  18. Booooooooooooo. In the immortal words of Lando Calrissian, This deal is getting worse all the time.
  19. Walked through fountain place today. It is very cold in there, 3cdc is not wasting any money on heating. They have permanently closed off the western portion of the 2nd floor. The little lunch counter that used to be there is closed. You can no longer get to the Race street entrance. The skywalk between Fountain place and the Carew tower had one of the doors boarded up. I am wondering how long until they close it down.
  20. I would much rather see a building go on any of these lots. Permanently designating a lot a food truck area, and hence making the lot permanent seems backwards to me.
  21. Agreed, my argument was that Pendleton already has a number of large historic buildings, the 8 story tall Arts Center, the old High School that is now the alumni Lofts, etc. Plus this site originally had a brewery on it. So historically, it was a large building. I voted for it and hope it gets built. Those surface lots aren't helping the neighborhood.
  22. I spoke with Danny about this after the meeting. He is very passionate about the character of the neighborhood. He doesn't particularly care about buildings looking "Historic", he is fine with modern architecture, but he very much does not like the size of the building. The standard 25' wide 3 -4 story tall building is what I believe he wants to see for infill. Also, he was very bothered that the developers had been going back and forth with the planning department for about a year, finalizing the design. Then they ask the community councils to vote just a couple weeks before it goes in front of the HCB. He felt they were intentionally trying to minimize the Community councils input to the project. Which they probably were after the Liberty and Elm debacle.
  23. Since this project sits on the brder of Pendleton and OTR, the HCB had asked them to go to both Neighborhood councils. OTR did not vote to support, Pendleton did, although it was very close. The development group is trying to get the appeal thrown out since it is in Pendleton.
  24. The HCB asks developers to go to the community councils and have them vote to support a project or not. But you are correct there is no real power there. The HCB takes the vote into consideration, but they can still make whatever decision they feel is best. I was not aware of the ability to appeal one of their decisions until last months Pendleton Neighborhood meeting. The representative from the Development team gave us that update. I don't know any more than that.
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