Downtown denizens are usually welcoming of new developments, regardless of height, but a proposed 28-story tower at 11th and Hope streets was a breaking point for some residents of the neighboring Flower Street Lofts, which would be directly west of the tower . They've claimed that the tower would "block their natural light, complicate an already heavily trafficked alley, sit too close to their building and encroach on a fire lane," and have been filing appeals as far back as 2007, says the Downtown News. But with two appeals recently rejected by two different city committees, the project's on its way to the full city council, which is expected to let the project go ahead and break ground.
The tower, being developed by Canadian group Amacon, would have 208 condos, 5,000-square-feet of ground-level retail, and an above-ground parking podium. In response to neighbor opposition, Amacon's made some tweaks to the project, like putting a 30-foot space between it and Flower Street Lofts, decreasing the height of the parking podium (now down to three levels from five), promising to install a "green wall" on the podium's exterior to make it a little easier on the eyes, and the creation of a "paseo" that leads from Hope Street to the alley on the property.
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