The Federation of Neighborhoods forum on Monday, April 2, 2012 was a watershed in the discussion of the Selig proposal for the A&D site. For the first time, supporters of the proposal publicly agreed on two important points: we can’t say definitively whether the Selig plan meets zoning codes because plans have not yet been submitted and, as it looks from the renderings made public, it is likely that the current proposal would not meet existing ACC development regulations.
This is a significant departure from previous assertions that the Selig proposal “met zoning” and was therefore a “done deal.” Our position has always been that the Selig proposal does not meet design guidelines and will require action from the ACC Mayor and Commission and/or ACC Planning Commission.
It is therefore important that we understand the project design, in particular the ways in which it is inappropriate for this site in terms of its inward focus and the attendant lack of interaction with the Greenway/Rail Trail, the scale of the anchor tenant, and the auto-centric nature of the design. These are the issues our website addresses.
The following synopsis of materials presented at the Federation of Neighborhoods forum is an attempt to provide new perspectives on the amount of dead space created by the parking decks, the relative retail opportunities represented by the scale of this development, and the auto-centric nature of this proposal.
Disclaimer: The images are presented with our best estimates of distances given that, without detailed plans, we can only work with the renderings Selig has provided. We provide a template by which you can judge our accuracy for yourself.