CIDNA Committee April 7; New Resolutions; Edgewater Correction
April 7, 2014 by CIDNA Committee
CIDNA COMMITTEE MEETING APRIL 7:
You are invited to tonight’s CIDNA Committee meeting at 6pm, Jones Harrison Residence, Lake View Room, 3700 Cedar Lake Avenue. Doors will open at 5:30pm to see project boards and speak with the developers and committee members.
Any Committee recommendations about these projects will be forwarded to the full CIDNA Board of Directors meeting on Wednesday April 9 at 6pm. Doors also open at 5:30pm on Wednesday to preview these projects.
DRAFT RESOLUTIONS: Printed copies of the draft resolution will be available at the meetings and are presented below:
PROPOSED AMENDMENTS AND CORRECTIONS: The following resolution amendments have been proposed.
Trammell Crow Resolution:
Author: New data provided by Trammell Crow to fill in the blanks.
Restaurant Patio approximate square feet: “1,300”
Pool Patio approximate square feet: “3,200”
Roof Patio approximate square feet: “4,000”
Paragraph 1.g(1): Insert “patio” after “street-level”
Author: Stephen Golty
New Paragraph inserted after Paragraph 13: “WHEREAS CIDNA is concerned for one’s safe accessibility in arriving and boarding at the Metro Transit Bus Stop at West Lake Street and Thomas Avenue, South located at the southwest corner of developer’s project address; and furthermore how this condition becomes significant for pedestrian and bus rider safety during Winter months, that site planning and design measures be employed by the developer to insure appropriate safety and esthetic design be implemented at this portion of the site adjoining this bus stop and major vehicular-way intersection.”
Author: Robert Corrick
Paragraph 3.b: Delete “Edgewater Condominiums,” Lin Schutz from East Isles has correctly commented that the height of Edgewater Condominiums is not the same height as the proposed Greystar Apartments. The Edgewater height was approved at 82 feet (compared with Greystar proposed at 89 feet). My apologies for this error. I propose to delete this reference in the resolution because Edgewater is not central to the discussion about context for the Greystar project.
Paragraph 3.d: Delete “unattractive”. The attractiveness of CBC Apartments of course is a matter of taste, and our neighbors live there.
GREYSTAR & THE SHORELAND
I am writing to describe some of the design rationale for the Greystar apartment project at West Lake Street and Thomas Avenue South. This is a sensitive and complex site. We must balance many conflicting interests. Greystar has sought to strike a balance between respect for the shoreland, parks, trails, and single-family residences while considering the context of the 12-story Calhoun Beach Club Apartments and the City’s classification of West Lake as a high-density thoroughfare.
The developer is seeking a conditional use permit to exceed the 35- and 56-foot height limits of the Shoreland Overlay and the OR2 zoning classification. The building would be 89 feet high. Greystar has offered a range of design features to support a conditional use permit:
- The project would preserve access to light and air and minimize shadowing on adjacent parks, the Midtown Greenway, and single-family residences.
- The project would fit the scale and character of the surrounding neighborhood including the 12-story Calhoun Beach Club Apartments, old Calhoun Beach Club building, Edgewater Condominiums, the Midtown Greenway, and single-family residences.
- The view-shed from the shorelines, vehicular ways, walkways, and bikeways of Lake Calhoun, Lake of the Isles, and Cedar Lake would be minimally impacted by the project.
- On the north Calhoun skyline, the project would present a graceful stepped-down interface with the unattractive 12-story Calhoun Beach Club Apartments.
- The project would present a geometric match to the original Calhoun Beach Club on the opposite side of CBC Apartments.
- The massive eastern wall of CBC Apartments would be addressed with an artful triangular bookend building converging to east.
- The 30-foot setback from Lake Street would match the setback of the CBC Apartments, creating a clear and aesthetic definition of the Lake Street corridor. This type of setback is supported by modern urban planning principles and city planning practices.
- Project height would match the tree line.
CIDNA is working with Greystar to further soften the facade of the building with additional architectural features, materials, and articulation. The project would represent the approximate height and shadow profile of the Lander Project approved by CIDNA and the city in 2006, and meets the guidelines set up by CIDNA for the site during the past 10 years.
CIDNA has opposed taller projects with concern for the height limits including the 110-foot Lander project in 2005, the 136-foot Bigos project in 2012, and the 120-foot TrammeIl Crow project this year. The Greystar project seeks to address neighborhood concerns for this challenging site.