Will they build a parking podium, because I'm not sure how many urban students will need parking. And my question was essentially whether setbacks are prescribed by zoning. If not, I would like to see a few floors with common space (open study space on one floor, cafe on another, technology commons on another etc.) in the center and dorm rooms facing the street and rear. Then open to above and below on the sides with skylights where the offset goes to let in some natural light. Having worked on multiple campus building projects I feel pretty sure this would work...
Also, I recall that when Buckingham Phase II was under consideration, a lot of the criticisms of that project was that it wasn't being built by any single school and that, moreover, no schools are biting on the prospect of leasing at that location right now. I'm not sure this one is any better. I'm guessing that this will either take years upon years to be completed or will never happen.
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