Tuesday, February 2, 2010
85 Centre St. Beehive Collapse
This is 85 Centre Street, the site of what many in the neighborhood still hope is a possible Darryl Settles development project. It's not made of cinder block, but brick. Columbus Ave. brings up the rear of the parcel.
The plan was to raze this building and, using the two adjacent empty lots, build a lounge/restaurant with 6 condos above it. Mixed used development: urban sustainable living at its best.
The listserv hummed for a week with people stating reasons (mostly) for and (some) against the proposal. But what was initially a high quality debate on quality of life issues precipitated by development, gradually degenerated into a tussle over whether we should call the district Fort Hill or Highland Park. Sigh.
Many are disappointed that they're forced to spend their disposable income in other areas and would love the opportunity to drop it here, at a righteous Darryl Settles jazz club. I'm particularly disappointed because I've watched as slimeballs buy and ooze their way into the neighborhood while the legitimate ones, like Settles, are shown the door before they step on the curb. I'd gladly trade the very quiet but illegal and way overcrowded boarding house across the street from me for a mixed use condo/jazz club development, in a finger-snap.