160 East Ave.

Posted by MJ

The LUSJ reported on the progress over at 160 East Ave (Next to LUSJ itself.)

While the improvement is huge for the previously vacant building, the result of the street facade is lacking.

The project passed before the planning board last year. My only comment during the session was the the East Ave frontage designed to look like the back or side of a building. The use of the rear as the main entrance is easily understood since the parking is (thankfully) at the rear of the building.

Just because the front of the building is not main entrance (or even an entrance at all) should not preclude that the front facade of a structure interact visually with the street. The lack of any law based design guidelines in the city create situations like this where by time you get to comment on the project all you can do it suggest something. Something which will most likely be ignored since it is not the law to do so and the project has long been designed.

A simple porch structure, even if non-functional would easily tied the building into the street instead of "ignoring" it.

Kind of related to this project, and the languishing parking ramp project, is this parking ramp design from Miami University in Ohio.

If a parking structure can interact with its frontage, why can't a medical building? And if the parking ramp ever gets replaced, a design such as this would fit nicely along Pine and Main.


Anonymous said...

As long as its an occupied building in good repair who really cares what it looks like? It's an office building in Lockport, NY. not Trump tower in NYC. Does someone really expect every building in town to look like the Ulrich City Center? Be realistic.

MJ said...

How does adding a front door or other "front" feature make it a Trump tower? Get rid of the stone work at the back of the building and the costs would have most likely evened out.

It is "realistic" to code good design so that other development will follow. One bad design here or there does not make a difference. After a while they add up and the inertia is hard to over come. It's all the worse when our building codes/zoning force the bad designs.

If you are homeowner I'd bet you would be concerned about structures on your street even if they were in "good repair". I'm not suggesting gold leaf cladding or fake "history" like the UCC. I'm suggesting good design ad site plans that embrace the urban environment that it is located in so the environment itself can flourish.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with the first post. This is Lockport not Beverly Hills.

MJ said...

I would agree with that also...

Anonymous said...

Yes, please, let's keep setting the bar low. The problem in Lockport, there is no vision or hope. There is no game plan. There is such a low self image problem, we are willing to accept anything! Pathetic!

Anonymous said...

After all, this is the Kingdom of Lockvegas.

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