The Fort Benjamin Harrison Reuse Authority has been around for quite a while (see these posts from 2010 and 2011), and now the planned public plaza is starting to fill in with to the north with new apartments. Â There are two structures directly to the north of the plaza, with more just to the north and west of this. Â This post will focus on the square.
Â The public square:
The square includes bike lanes and brick crosswalks:
My initial thoughts to this development is that the buildings right on the square are pretty nice and well-done. I’m glad that the planted trees have had a chance to grow, which helps the authenticity factor. There is also a new building just to the west of this that is not as successful, unfortunately, and looks to be cookie cutter suburban in style. I hope that the remaining buildings look more like the former and less like the latter. Â Also, none of these buildings look well-suited for retail, and perhaps they are waiting for a critical mass of residents in the area before moving along with that venture.