The following post represents one person’s opinion from the perspective of a Lake Point Condominium owner. Other readers and stakeholders are encouraged to submit well-written and respectful articles for publication on this website to Bob Corrick, Chair of the Land Use Committee, at email@example.com. This posting, or other similar submissions, do not represent the opinion of CIDNA or its Land Use Committee. Readers also may submit to the Comments section of this website (see right under Brickstone). We intend to encourage thoughtful public dialogue.
By Rodgers Adams
(a Lake Point resident)
The proposed Brickstone development on the site of the Lake Pointe Corporate Center (with the large green chairs in front) is triggering reaction from a variety of stakeholders. Among them are contrasting reactions from two large condo building on each side of the site.
Perhaps the problems for Lake Point owners are not easily visualized and understood because most people are not aware of the layout of Lake Point units and the views that are visible from those units. This has led, for example, to the Brickstone architect’s misleading suggestion that Lake Point is not much affected by the new building because there are no picture windows in the wall closest to the project. In an effort to help folks visualize the impact on Lake Point, I have put together some illustrations.
The first illustration supplements the drawings of the project as viewed from Lake St., which suggest that the 13-story option is a narrow tower-like building. In fact, the sides of the building are quite long, extending from near Lake St. west to near the Calhoun Flats apartment building. In fact, the side view of the building is similar in height and length to the side of the Calhoun Beach Club Apartments along Thomas Av. This massive “wall” along Thomas has been criticized by many for its overpowering ugliness. For comparison, the red line to the left below represents the approximate length of the Brickstone 13-story proposal. That line is duplicated and moved to Thomas Av. to show that it is almost as long as the apartment “wall” there.
Because the Brickstone 13-story wall is so long, it can have a major impact on views from Lake Point. It is not simply a matter of an additional tower in the view, but an almost complete blocking of the views to the southwest and west.
This first illustration shows the existing view from a 10th floor unit’s kitchen dining table, used for most of the residents’ meals. The shaded red area shows that most of the view to the southwest and west from that window would be blocked.
The second illustration shows the existing view from a 10th floor living room window, visible from part of a corner couch. (There is a similar view from the unit’s balcony, except that it doesn’t extend as far to the right because of the structure of the Lake Point building.) Here the blockage is even greater than in the kitchen, because this window is closer to the midpoint of the new building.
The impact on views is only one issue to be resolved regarding the Brickstone project, but it seems clear that the project would have a substantial impact on the valuation of some units, which are marketed for their views. A more complete analysis is difficult because no information has been provided regarding which Lake Point floors would be able to see over the top of a 13-story Brickstone building (or a 9-story building). The base elevations of the two buildings are different, as are the heights of various floors.
I realize that Lake Point residents are not neutral observers of this proposal, but I hope these illustrations can lead to a fuller understanding of the issues involved.