This is the first of a 2 part series. Â Today is an example of what not to do when designing a new development. Â I always like to lead with the bad news first, then get to the good news, which will come later this week.
It’s probably apropos that a new BMV features such a poor site plan. But that does not mean it should not come under criticism.
I realize that this wedge of land is pretty difficult to deal with, but this is the best that could be done? Â It’s far off of the street, surrounded by more parking than they’ll ever use. Â Another factor that needs to be mentioned is that they are hoping to sell the land to the north of the building for apartments. Â Regardless, this collection of proposed buildings looks like it would be best seen while motoring at 40 mph on Madison Avenue, instead of addressing the more human-scaled Terrace Avenue.
Here’s a look at the building up close, courtesy of LoopNet.com.
Looks like it would be right at home in front of a Meijer, not in an urban neighborhood. Â The citizens of this city deserve to have more effort and creativity put into our ordinary places (hat tip to Urbanophile). Â Fortunately, there is a place that has done just that. Â Stay tuned.