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.