Lafayette Square has long piqued my interest for its variety of international restaurants. However, it is not the most visually attractive of landscapes, and is dominated by single-use commercial buildings and parking lots. There is an interesting rezoning requestÂ that aims to alter the dynamic, a few parcels at a time. The case starts on page 12 of the linked document.
First, a look at the property as it currently exists. A typical old suburban land use pattern. But, it has one interesting feature: Little Eagle Creek along the eastern portion of it:
The land use plan in the document is obviously a best case scenario put forth by an ambitious developer and designer. They aim to utilize the Little Eagle Creek as a future asset. Not coincidentally, this project is proposed by the director of Reconnecting our Waterways.
Some might dispute the need for a parking garage in a land filled with parking lots, but perhaps if it’s built, other projects that would come along would be able to utilize the garage. Also, the bulk of the property sits in a 500 year flood zone, so it might be difficult for them to go underground with the parking:
A mixed use project containing office, residential, and retail would be an interesting one to follow. The ambition is undeniable. Now we will have to see about the execution.