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:
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!
Anyone else attend the design review? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section.