Village Center is mostly hideous architecturally, and of poor urban form. As an added insult, it replaced a very handsome, dense brick structure of around 6-7 stories. At present, Village Center is borderline blight.
This is a very positive development. Previous renderings
show that this will be a very interesting and attractive design (what else to expect from Gang?), though maybe not as groundbreaking/noteworthy/remarkable as nearby Solstice. The streetwalls along Hyde Park Blvd and Lake Park will have a dramatic impact on making the neighborhood feel more lively and intense.
Preckwinkle seems sure to approve this. The trick is making sure Hyde Park doesn't wind up with yet another vacant lot resulting from the myriad of reasons that prevent development in the neighborhood. The 17-story building at 53rd/Cornell seems to be flatlining, along with the 8-story proposal for the McMobil site at 53rd/Kimbark. Then there's the Dr.'s Hospital fiasco, the St. Stephen's Church albatross, the Promontory Point gradually sinking into the lake...