Sorry, mainly read and don't post. I have a couple questions and would like your feedback. But first a couple updates on whats I know about downtown:
1. The City has released a nice map browser. You can get all sorts of data on properties: http://map.provo.org/
2. Old Zions Bank Block: The redevelopment agency is courting the current property owner, who apparently happen to be involved in hotel development, for a future hotel. No commitments yet. No plans submitted yet. They want to have a minimum of a courtyard Marriott style hotel but hope for larger.
3. University Tower is pretty much dead until the economy turns around and they can get a certain amount of leases. However, as the Redevelopment Agency has a stake in some of the property, this will not go away forever.
4. A Transit-Oriented Development Zone was adopted for 80 acres surrounding the new intermodal center (600 South, 100 West). It will allow up to six-stories of mixed-use development. A major incentive to develop is a 50% required parking reduction for the first four stories and a 75% required parking reduction for stories 5-6.
5. Bus-Rapid Transit Planning is moving along with the proposed corridor running up 100 West. Connecting downtown Provo to BYU, UVU, and both malls...
5. The State District Court block will get a new justice building within the next five years (likely).
6. Provo City owns RC Willey, and all the parking up to Smith's front door. This would make an excellent redevelopment opprotunity. Nothing proposed yet but the RC Willey lease is up next year.
7. Progress on the Atchafalya move seems stalled but really don't know.
8. I attended the design charrette for the convention center. The proposed plaza area is not large enough to do anything like the one at Gateway... although I do agree that would be cool.
9. Albertsons in Utah was bought by Intermountain Grocers. I don't know if this will have implications for the downtown Albertsons. If it shuts down there could also be a nice redevelopment opportunity.
I know this is 'skyscraper' forum but would you agree that there are other considerations beyond height as a factor for making good cities/urban spaces?
Should Provo develop to the same height as, say, Salt Lake City??? Or, Is there a certain height limitation that would capture what Provo is all about? What do you think that is? 12, 15, 20, 30, 100 stories? (Other than the character of the city, the height limitation could prevent one project from draining the entire market for redevelopment of downtown).
What should we do with the height of development immediately to historic home neighborhood areas that have been targeted for preservation? Should we put Zion's or NuSkin next door to one-family houses? Is this a problem, and if it is how should this be handled?
I would appreciate your thoughts on these questions.