Police Headquarters – Site Plan Concepts
We are happy to see that TWO of the proposed site layouts retain the 1928 Carpenter Chevrolet Building on Main Street for future renovation/development. Retaining this building keeps a pedestrian-scale presence on Main Street and provides small, affordable, high visibility office and retail suites in a walkable area near transit and affordable housing.
As encouraged as we are with the possibility of Carpenter Chevy being saved, we feel that some opportunities are still being missed:
- None of the layouts preserve any part of the 1948 GMC Truck building or anything else on site. Given that a few of the schemes include blue areas slated as “future development” it seems short sighted that none of the existing buildings are retained for this use.
- For instance, in scheme 3 the GMC building could stay (it’s in the surface parking footprint) and accommodate surface parking in the short term (it’s already a garage!). There’s a blue square next to it for future development. When future development happens, the GMC building would then be available for adaptive reuse, the surface parking could be relocated, etc. — this achieves greater flexibility for the site and does not doom it’s future as a surface parking lot.
- All six layouts include large areas dedicated to structured and surface parking.
- This is particularly problematic for new businesses (Ponysaurus!) opening along Ramseur Street, where accommodating parking has trumped layouts that productively engage the street for pedestrians.