And here’s what came in from George Cantor:
Bob has accurately summarized the disposition of this case. The Near West Design Review Committee met on April 22, 2009 and moved to approve the building and site design as presented. Preceding their action, there was considerable discussion about a set of outstanding issues that were brought forth by Councilman Cummins thru his aide, Johanna Hamm, following discussion with neighborhood residents. There was a meeting with those residents that took place on April 20, 2009 at Gino’s on Denison that was attended by Johanna and representatives of the developer, their architect and the Nora McNamara of the City’s Housing Office. Briefly, those were:
- Irregular height of the brick foundation.
- Lack of consistency with corner board color.
- Concern with the width of gables matching the width of the dormers.
- Lack of consistency between front and back of building.
- Lack of architectural historical features (e.g., bargeboard, fish scaling, etc.)
The developers representative, Brian Drobnick of NRP and their architect, Kevin Dreyfus-Wells and landscape architect, Peggy Brown were able to address each of the above issues to the satisfaction of the residents at the neighborhood meeting and the Committee members at the April 22nd meeting. There was also a discussion on landscaping, tree selection and the potential location of a community garden, which were responded to by the landscape architect and Nora McNamara following consultation with the City’s Division of Urban Forestry. The final approval by the Committee was predicated on the resolution of all outstanding issues.