Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Just the Beginning . . .

If you haven't read this week's version of the Downtown News, you should!

There is a great story about Downtown's first case of NIMBYism.

Bernand Chang, who lives at the Flower Street Lofts, is mad at hell at a developer who wants to drop a parking garage a mere 20 feet from his window. Not just any window. He has some beautiful floor-to-ceiling french doors that open onto a parking lot.

I think the Downtown News was right when it wrote:

"In an increasingly densifying Downtown, situations like the Flower Street Lofts clash will become more common, observers predict. Along with heightened desire for Downtown living is the fact that the adaptive reuse era is coming to an end (many of the available old buildings have already been developed) and ground-up construction is filling the area's many vacant lots."

Bernand and his neighbors have protested and are hoping to win some basic concessions from the developer that would make the project more friendly to the residents who currently live in the adejacent lofts.

We can expect a lot more of this kind of struggle with developers as property downtown becomes even more lucrative, and as development continues to speed ahead at a rapid pace.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I saw that article, too. I'm sorry, but I call this a classic case of NIMBYism. What do you think is going to happen if you purchase a loft with floor to ceiling windows facing -- an empty lot?!