Effective urban design of this project would have allowed for the site of the building to be adaptable to changes that future develop brings. Furthermore, the parking garage on the south side of the site, shown below, creates a barrier and does not encourage sustainable lifestyle practices such as walking by neighborhood residences to the south. All parking garages should have some type of storefronts on the bottom level of the parking garage facing the street to accompany and encourage designs and visual stimulation on streetscapes. Through urban design, this project could have been a catalyst for development that would have created an integrated urban neighborhood, reflective of the history, and character of the cobblestone district; but it has failed. There is nothing to praise about this design, as it relates to the urban fabric of the neighborhood, and no urban projects should ever follow this model.
Imagine if future development, on the empty lots and surface parking lots around this site, were to follow the same pattern. Would this neighborhood loose its urban essence and become another extension of suburbia?