At the urging of the neighborhood the city council reduce parking requirements on the Nicholas Project (5-2 vote) Snyder, Hruska and approved the building 7-0. However in doing so many points were clarified and conditions added.
I am a weak supporter of the project. I am concerned about the massing of the building and the details that are forth coming. Hear are a few things that are required.
- The developer must add 7 parking spots to the standard set forth by the city ordinances.
- The Historic Preservation Commission will review homes before demolition permits are issued.
- The Kutzky Home and Conley home are likely to be relocated.
- The balconies must be full (3 exceptions).
- AC Units must match and be hidden behind balcony railings. I think this is still tacky, but better than before.
- Utilities in the Right-of-way must be buried as was shown on the plans.
- The site plan must be executed as shown including plantings, brick walls, seating areas, and other features.
- The building elevations must be build as shown including materials as shown.
- Additional details such as any agreement with neighbors, is not part of the city council business.
I think that amount of parking is OK for this site. I think the building is pretty good looking save for some tackiness like individual ACs. My concern is that massing. This brings a 50′ tall building into the neighborhood and I think that is too tall. That said the neighbors were OK with the compatibility. I would have preferred to have seen something similar to the staff recommendations, but in making the compromise motions I was able to ensure many of the details.