City Humongous Homogeneity
posted by November 5 at 12:54 PMon
130th and Dayton, Bitter Lake
Local developer Howland Homes is planning a 36 townhome developement on a 1 acre property on 130th and Dayton. While 10, 12, or 16 townhome developments aren’t completely unheard of, 36 seems like a lot, especially in a neighborhood that still doesn’t have sidewalks. Still, area residents aren’t fighting the massive project because they know a massive wave of development is coming to the neighborhood.
Bitterlake and the nearby Linden neighborhood are already going to be seeing an influx of nearly 2,000 people in the next few years, as several massive apartment complexes go up in the area. Right now, the neighborhood is more concerned about issues with traffic, parking and pedestrian safety than aesthetics, but neighbors have still been participating in the Department of Planning and Development’s (DPD) design review process for the Howland project.
“It’s pretty sardined in there,” says Dale Johnson, President of the Broadview Community Council. Indeed, Howland’s development will is going to cram a number of people into a not-so-big space. What’s more, a potential mass of drab, boxy townhomes certainly brings up the issue of density versus aesthetics. Howland’s past projects—pictured above and below—aren’t offensively ugly, but they don’t stray far from the current trend of bland, standardized townhome design.
Although Johnson is concerned about the size and look of the project, he says he knows density is coming to the neighborhood and he trusts the city to keep things under control. “I presume that DPD regulates [these things],” Johnson says. “We’re [more] concerned about the city putting in sidewalks and drainage to support that density.”
DPD is currently working passing new townhome design regulations that would—among other things—require developers to install a certain number of doors and windows on townhomes, lower fence heights, and require townhomes’ front doors to face the street.
The code revisions are expected to be done third-quarter 2008.