pash wrote:Why would structured parking be out of the question?
It doesn't say it's out of the question, from the document: "Additional floors are feasible if podium / structured parking is provided." Would I have liked to see one of their scenarios with more density and structured parking? Of course.
pash wrote:My parsing of the plan was simply that anything higher than about two stories is either unwelcome in the neighborhood or too ambitious for the planners.
Well, considering the multi-family townhouses are 3.5 stories and the apartment building is 3 stories, that's not exactly accurate.
pash wrote:For comparison, the (slightly smaller) full block of suburban-style apartments directly across Troost, the most recent phase of the Longfellow Heights development, is built up with 78 units.
And, it has no retail or offices. This has 30-52,000 square feet of retail/office on that block.
But, most importantly, the document clearly states that it's generally conforming to the greater downtown area plan. That means 1/4 of the site is "downtown residential", 1/4 is "residential medium" and 1/2 is "residential low". So, unless I'm misunderstanding their description, this is actually way more dense than it's supposed to be. 3/4 of the block is supposed to be max 8.7 units per acre which would put it at about 35 total units.