As a follow-up to our email to you on Friday, the CIDNA Committee would like to consider a modification to the C-Shaped Option that you presented. The modification would include the addition of a step-back on the entire Greenway side to let in sun, improve the neighborhood interface to the north side, and eliminate the wall effect along the Greenway. Perhaps the project could be filled in to the south to increase floor area, or other floor area solutions could be proposed to offset the step-back. Units would face the Greenway, with attractive facade, to create a soft neighborhood feel, and perhaps there would be an opening along the Greenway on the third and fourth floors as a result of the step-back, letting in light. Perhaps it would be a modified H-Shape; we are not sure. We leave this to your creativity for the next step. Please call with questions.
Can you work up this Step-Back Option for the Committee to consider?
Step-back design along the Greenway is encouraged in our City planning. The Ackerberg-Village Green and Mathwig projects, also south of the Greenway and endorsed by CIDNA 5 years ago, made an effort with this type of interface. As I recall, those projects are somewhat taller than the C-Shape the you proposed, but the basic idea is the important concept.
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