Friday, January 12, 2007

North-by-NorthWestin Points

  • In-town Will penalizes Scene's Kreyling for over-melodramatizing Lower Broad.
  • Westin Investors purported to bail on smaller hotel.
  • Still no word from preservationists on Mike Jameson's dilemma (i.e., a hotel is going to be built on the property, given the zoning: either one with no restrictions or the current set-back proposal that includes historic overlay for Lower Broad; either way the hallowed sight-lines to the river will be obstructed; which do you want: more or less obstruction?).
  • The last time preservationists won a similar Downtown fight, Downtown was left with a parking lot on Church Street. Is permanent impermeable parking supposed to be a vindication of historic preservation?

1 comment:

  1. It is important to remember, if you are referring to the property at 2nd and Church, that the parking lot replaced buildings that "suspiciously" burned down when the developer faced delays. I have heard that it was the uproar over this that reinforced the preservation of the rest of 2nd. I do not like that parking lot, but it is a small price to pay for saving the rest of the street.