The current discussion on Division Street is as much about good communication as it is about parking or development. A nice article in the DJC today highlights Urban Development Partners great neighborhood and community outreach Neeley Wells, who works tirelessly to coordinate with adjacent homeowners and other residents, making sure their needs are being heard. As mentioned:
““I would just say that our work with the neighbors is of primary importance, because we’re in it for the long run,” said Neeley Wells, who coordinates UDP’s neighborhood and community outreach program. “We own our buildings after we build them. It’s about being there throughout for whatever conversations come up.” Judah Gold-Markel, a representative of Richmond Neighbors for Responsible Growth, said the approach hit the right note for the community. “I will tell you in general they’ve worked a lot closer with the community (than other parties),” he said. “They’ve modified and made changes to future plans … They try to incorporate green space; they use innovative features; they don’t just try and pack the skin of the building with units … Their vision of the Division Street corridor is much closer to what many people along the corridor saw it as being.”
The projects with THA are mentioned, including, as mentioned by David Keltner: “…they also commit a significant amount of square footage to open areas. A courtyard bisects the 37-unit building, while the 30-unit apartment will wrap around an interior courtyard; both will be open to the public.”
The project with WPA (image below) – offers a rooftop landscaping as a way to deconstruct the facade: “UDP envisions a four-story building dissected by light and landscaping.” The rendering below shows these slices in the upper and middle of the mass, and the step down in the back. While ostensibly green space, these offer a verdant nod to a very green context, and deserve to be detailed and planted with a high level of care to ensure their success.
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