The Vision McMillan Partners team presented proposed building concepts to the Historic Preservation Review Board today. The presentation, excerpted here, featured the first phase of new construction for the site: two healthcare facilities, grocery store and apartment building, townhomes, community center and the public park.
After the team’s presentation, the board heard testimony from the community both in support and in opposition. The Board deliberation was cut off at 5PM. Five members spoke before the cut off, and VMP was invited back on July 11th.
What we heard in brief:
- The park and community center were praised, particularly the south east edge with the stormwater pond, redesigned entrances with cell details and community center.
- The Board members who spoke expressed concerns about the cohesion of building designs and talked about the need for more uniformity and that everything on the site should express how special the site is.
- The Board hopes to see Cell 14 more activated and connected to the adjacent building.
VMP will return July 11th at noon to hear more, and will be sure to share what happens next.