Not sure if we should protect the current aesthetics of Northern Blvd. there are large 6 story apartment buildings up and down Northern.
There's one group of six-story apartments between 69th and 70th on the north side. Heading east, you don't even see a four-story building until 79th, and beyond that it's sporadic three and four story buildings amidst the one and twos.
I attended the City Planning Commission hearing this morning and was the lone speaker in opposition. Well, semi-opposition. I mostly think eight stories is totally out of wack with the scale of the immediate surroundings, and would prefer a two-to-four story proposal, along the lines of the recent construction off 87th that houses the Denny's, Chipotle, and Children of America. Northern Boulevard is largely unattractive but it does have a lot of sky that I don't think we should start carving into willy nilly in the name of change.
The hearing was interesting in any case. Developer claims above-ground parking plan (which would encompass floors two and three of the building) is combo of high water table concerns and basement storage being a more attractive lure for businesses.
One of the commissioners inquired about the bulk of the proposal, and if they'd considered something with a scale more in-between what exists and what's proposed, but site owner cites the economics of it, echoing comments made at their CB3 appearance.