The neighbors showed up in force at last night’s Design Review meeting. Two-thirds of the comments were on our side. They were thoughtful, clear, and substantive. The prevailing message to the Design Review Board (DRB) was that a recommendation to the city at this time is premature because the proposed Skanska/Brooks building does not currently meet the DRB’s own guidelines nor has the Environmental Review been completed. It would be inappropriate for the Board to make a recommendation for a departure without knowing the impacts on Lower Wallingford.The DRB chair started the meeting off saying that this is likely the last meeting, meaning they would provide a recommendation thereby closing the design review portion of the process. The community’s comments clearly made an impression: the Design Review Board decided to hold off on a recommendation and they sent Skanska back to the drawing board once again.
Congratulations to the community for continuing to make your voices heard loud and clear!
A Design Review for the “Stone34″ project was held on Monday night at the University Heights Center. We couldn’t attend, but reader Mike pointed me to a Facebook page called “Hey Skanska & Brooks: Down In Front” which provided the following recap from that group’s point of view:
Anyone else attend the design review? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section.