New Condo at Broadway and Mercer
Sorry about the delay, but here are the drawings of the new condo going up at Broadway and Mercer, the one Erica and I spent most of the afternoon yesterday arguing about on Slog. (You can read yesterday’s debate by clicking here for Erica’s original post, then just scroll up to read the rest—and don’t skip the comments, as readers had tons to say.)
The site is currently host to an ugly, empty ex-Safeway and a large parking lot. Along 10th the present structure consists of a long, beige cinderblock wall. Here’s what is slated to go up:
Erica C. Barnett thinks the new condo building is ugly. I disagree. First, anything is better than a parking lot and a cinderblock wall. But beyond that, I think the building’s use of brick, the many storefronts on the Broadway side, and the mix of heights are all good features. I’m also for reviving that end of Broadway—yes, even if it means putting some condo owners on the block. Unlike, say, Pike/Pine, there are no loud bars, clubs, or music venues at that end of Broadway, and so nothing much for NUMBY—“not under my balcony”—types to complain about.
Then feel free to discuss.