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I agree exactly. Stewart is high-traffic but it's not as inhospitable as Denny.

Denny can work in theory. The nice thing about a new building is you can widen the sidewalks on your block by moving your building in five or ten feet, but it's still Denny. People don't like being there. While Denny is a "wall" you cross, Stewart is a street within the neighborhood.

Minor will continue to be a bit out of the way, particularly since it won't cross Denny. In fact Virginia isn't set up to allow pedestrian traffic that way either, because pedestrians aren't as important (to the City) as cars. Minor's main hope for retail is to draw some immediate neighbors, aided by its quiet.
I see both Denny and Stewart evolving greatly over the last (and next) 5-10 years. Stewart is starting the edge of a new business district north of the retail. Denny is becoming flooded with residential (albeit not quite up to the merge point with Stewart, yet). I see both becoming traffic bottlenecks that drivers will avoid. Denny already is a rush-hour nightmare more often than not. Throw in lots of workers and residents on foot and you WILL see Denny and Stewart become more attractive retail venues.
 

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Hah..design review will never allow the grand entrances or the interesting crowns. After they scrap those elements I could see this getting built as in the renderings.
 

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"1200 Stewart is slated for two 40 story mixed use towers, including residential, hotel and street level retail. Teh building will be LEED silver certified and is being designed by Thoryk Architecture and Scalte"


They used the word, teh

Teh awesome
 

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That's great news! More new projects are slated to break ground next year! :)

Bond, please change thread name to Twin 40 story towers for Denny Triangle Site. Thanks! :)
 

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"1200 Stewart is slated for two 40 story mixed use towers, including residential, hotel and street level retail. Teh building will be LEED silver certified and is being designed by Thoryk Architecture and Scalte"


They used the word, teh

Teh awesome
"1200 STEWART IZ SLATD 4 2 40 STORY MIXD USE TOWERS, INCLUDIN RESIDENTIAL, HOTEL AN STREET LEVEL RETAIL. TEH BUILDIN WILL BE LED SILVR CERTIFID AN IZ BEAN DESIGND BY THORYK ARCHITECCHUR AN SCALTE"
 

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I suspect these guys are up to their eyeballs with Escala. I have a hard time believing that a 2010 start is in order, so color me a sceptic
 

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I suspect these guys are up to their eyeballs with Escala. I have a hard time believing that a 2010 start is in order, so color me a sceptic
The Escala folks are from Vegas, which explains the cheap-looking, faux-luxury marble on the base of that building. Would fit in perfectly in Vegas - on a casino. The rest of the building (floors 3 and up) I like.

I would hope that they don't take the same approach with this development, in either price or materials.
 

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I think it looks grand and definitely different from other projects. I must be tacky, but I love the base of Escala and feel it harkens back to the day of Seattle's Terra Cotta heyday, which is impossible to duplicate exactly today. It would certainly jazz up Denny and Stewart if it ever gets built ( which I am skeptical about in this climate). Give me the grand entrances on 3 sides. I'm from Mississippi where we like curved driveways lined with lights, wrought iron fences and big Corinthian columns in front of our houses:)
 
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