The Soho Italia project continues to interest people.
I am interested in knowing what the city planners think (they are professional planners after all, and I like talking to the ones who are knowledgeable about what constitutes good urban design).
And the project location is within the design priority area, it is subject to the urban design review committee for review. A preconsultation with the urban design review committee is also required before the formal review of the design by the committee. And of course the developer has to apply for zoning, variances, and all those other things.
But alas, despite all the public interest, the planning dept is still in the dark, as the proposal has not yet wandered into their realm. Is Starwood enjoying the media attention, viewing it as hype that promotes their project (if you read the comments on these blog postings, most of the comments are thoughtful and positive, none are “awful”, which must be consoling to the promoters).
Still, the court of public opinion only goes so far, as does the weight of the politicians who have been blessed with a preview of the project. Let’s hear from the planning dept, which should be able to give its views quickly after the developer drops by for a visit, as they are familiar with the project from … reading this blog.
It would also be nice to hear from some architects or planners via the comments section on the blog. It can be anonymous.
To find out what the Soho Italia project looks like, see the previous blog posting. To see what the neighborhood might look like if more developments follow, read tomorrow’s blog post.