So the Planning Commission had their scoping session on Swig’s proposal for two new buildings on 20th and Webster last night. The Commissioners didn’t have all that much to say – mostly they were all agog that nobody came to speak on the project. Other than that, they mostly limited their suggestions to aesthetic issues, saying they would want to see how the buildings interact with the broader skyline, and that they wanted to be sure the buildings were exciting. Here are the highlights from their comments.
We want something beautiful, elegant, we want to keep the competitive advantage of the city, and compete in terms of quality, not low cost.
My own personal concern is that we don’t build another just big ugly box. The one building’s beautiful and recognizes the curve of the Lake and I just want to make sure we don’t have a big stiff faceless International school building sitting there that does nothing for the skyline…make sure the building’s light and airy, and we don’t have a big, heavy building.
I urge you, let’s make this a signature building.
Sandra Galvez was concerned about Swig relocating the gym in the current mall, and asked that the EIR consider the long-term health impacts of losing the gym.
I took screengrabs of the images from the presentation, which I’m posting below.
The presenter stressed that these are very preliminary, so if you think they’re boring, I wouldn’t worry too much. It sounds like they want to build something special here, and the Commissioners were pretty adamant about them doing so. I have high hopes, but if the final plans are ugly, well…that’s what design review is for.
View from Webster:
View from the Lake:
The site map: