space, the proposal calls for 298 condominiums, with the tallest
building standing nine stories high.
Under the plan, traffic would be reduced from more than 6,000 cars
per day to about 2,300, developers said.
"We're building something that is a benefit to the local
community," said Mark Wittenberg, a project spokesman. "I think
neighbors like that we came back with a smaller project, that we sat
down and really did some work and put forth a project that responds
to [traffic and height] concerns."
The proposed $150-million project, which has been in the works for
nearly four years, has undergone multiple revisions since it was
rejected by City Council in April.
The triangle-shaped lot on nearly four acres is bordered by
Alameda and Lima streets and Olive Avenue.
Some in attendance who live near the project site were pleased to
see developers change their plans to make the project more compatible
with the neighborhood.
"I would be happy to see the homes go there," said Robert Dennis,
who lives in the 300 block of North Catalina Street. "Since they are
on the higher end of the [value] scale, it can only boost our home
value. And there won't be as much transient traffic in the area."
Others who attended the meeting to express concerns about building
height and traffic congestion, said Platt representatives didn't
provide enough information to convince them the revised project won't
negatively affect the neighborhood.
"[Developers] have been very good about meeting with the
neighbors, but this town hall meeting was a waste of time," said Rolf
Darbo, an outspoken critic of the project who lives in the 300 block
of Avon Street. "They talked about what they were presenting but
really didn't have anything worth looking at."
The new scenario presented Tuesday would include about 60% of
open-air space with landscaping by architect Peter Walker, who was
selected earlier this month to design the World Trade Center memorial
in New York, Wittenberg said.
Another community meeting will be scheduled once the city
concludes the project's environmental impact report in late February,