Originally Posted by crow
Maybe a park in the future on this site is not such a bad thing...it supports the Park Block concept...there are few buildings that plug up this strong north south concept connecting PSU to a future Post Office development...then to the river.
Exactly. And let's not forget, this new design is going to blend into Fox Tower rather than stand out due to the location. Don't get me wrong - if they can start construction again this year, I'm all for it, less for the design (though I like it very much) and more for the density.
There's a limit to how many high rises the market can support, and if PAW were turned into a park, it would encourage other sites to rise instead. Broadway, across from Ladd House, for example. That site is vacant too. And it's not as if we lack surface parking lots to develop. It would be better to have The PAW Hole turned into a park block than to wait an eternity with a scar in the heart of downtown as TMT tries to figure out what to do with the mess they've made. Finish the underground garage and turn the surface into a further extension of the Park Blocks.
Market conditions aren't holding TMT back in 2013. In 2008, 2009 and 2010, yes, that was the case. But now, what's holding back TMT is ineptness, disorganization, petty squabbling and a sheer lack of motivation. Do any of us see any of that changing any time soon? I'd be thrilled to be wrong. But I'm not, am I?
Have they made any preparations to put the crane back up? They're not building PAW in 2013. Maybe not even by 2023. Hey, that's only ten years away and they've already been at it for six. This site is basically a surface parking lot, minus the parking lot. It's waste.
It's time to seriously discuss extending the Park Blocks.
Cap this mofo and move on.