--> While not in District #2, “The Rise” (100 S. Chauncey at State St.), with 675 bedrooms in three towers, 13, 15, and 16 stories tall, “throws shade”, literally, on our district. It will be the second of five high density, mixed-use projects now under consideration for the old Kingston-Chauncey Village.
need to pause.
have no land use plan to accompany State St. Redevelopment. Density in the
village area of West Lafayette is growing beyond anything we might have
imagined even as late as 2012 when we considered a proposed Northwestern and
State St. five story “feature” project with a street level CVS. Before we go any further, I believe we
need to answer the following three questions.
What are we going to save?
2014 Chandler Poole began work on a Village Historic District. The initial
outline of the district would have included the Missouri Synod Lutheran
“University Church”. Nothing came of that first “walk-about”. Chandler moved
on. What are we going to save? The Miller Building? The Sullivan Bank?
University Apartments? How will we save them? What will we do with the old
buildings, the Kingston blocks, to their north? Developers
are sometimes advised not to worry about historic preservation in West
Lafayette. City fines are inconsequential at this scale. What are we going to
What will stay green?
Area Plan Commission shared a “density concept plan” with the West Lafayette
City Council in July of 2016. A concept only, but if implemented the sometimes
threatened Tommy Johnston Park would disappear. The APC is discussing reducing
R-3 minimum vegetative lot cover from 30% to 15%. What will stay green between
the river and Purdue? Green roofs? Green walls?
city needs a “green fee”. It needs a “park development fee” applied to high
density developments in order to deal with the impact of those developments on
the city’s park spaces and recreational facilities. It has been discussed in
city government as part of the Parks Department master planning. It has not
been implemented. What will stay green?
What else will these projects cost the taxpayers?
many TIF dollars will be dedicated to infrastructure improvements for “The
Rise”? The Hub provoked a spirited discussion between city officials, the West
Lafayette Redevelopment Commission, and Hub developers as to the amount of
subsidy that project will receive. How many dollars will be committed to “The
rephrase that question, when will we ever see any TIF dollars spent on
neighborhood lighting, as called for in the New Chauncey Land Use Plan of 2012?
for the other concerns you have all shared with me. “It’s too big”. “Let’s go
ugly early?” “It’s not monolithic, it’s trilithic.” (That’s my personal
favorite; thanks Meg.) “It’s too close to the street”. “How are you ever going
to stage that construction?” “You’re shrinking the streets AND raising the
density?” “What about parking?” “THAT’s the signature building we want at the
top of the hill?” “I know we’re desperate for tax dollars, but . . . “ “We suffer from low self-esteem.” All fair enough.
my three questions are: What will we save? What stays green? How much more will
should stop and answer those three questions.