earthling wrote:An office building at NE corner of 47th/Main is going residential, luxury senior living. Would like to see some of the office spaces above Plaza retail also go residential.
Assuming the remaining office tenants stay in the city (maybe go to 46 Penn?) this could be a good thing - reducing vacancy and increasing demand.
However, I don't know if converting office spaces above Plaza retail would be a great idea. Those offices provided some needed amenities in the area and supply more activity and traffic to the area than residential would.
What I would love to see is residential added on top of some of the 1 story retail buildings. I have no idea if any of them were designed with that in mind or if it would require demo, but there are some buildings that aren't old or historic that I would be fine with tearing down (although, good luck with the current climate).
The building to the south of the movie theater (Anthropologie/J. Crew) is screaming for 3 stories of apartments on top (or how ever many stories are allowed in the bowl). The parking lot behind the Starbucks (and maybe including some of the retail buildings around it) should be redeveloped.