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Here are a couple pictures of the site..

Which road will the 7 story side be facing??


<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/9632502094/" title="DSC_2296 by andrewspics2012, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7328/9632502094_c50ace11c5_b.jpg" width="1024" height="681" alt="DSC_2296"></a>

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I don't know why, I just keep forseeing myself looking at this property in 20 years in disrepair. I've seem similiar projects in other cities that were built in the early 90's that have not faired well over the last two decades. Just a feeling I get from the project.
I hear from residents that Vista 400, the property directly to the south, is quickly descending into this category. Mass exodus to Encore over the conditions.
 

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I hear from residents that Vista 400, the property directly to the south, is quickly descending into this category. Mass exodus to Encore over the conditions.
Happens when you go cheap. I see Vista 400 being torn down and rebuilt with better use within 10 years. I hope the same can be said about this.
 

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Perhaps it is not the best use for downtown but for the current surroundings and bustling 'transit station' its probably the best suited for now. Personally when going to NYC or Chicago, when your in the city, there are plenty of smaller 8 - 12 story buildings that are actually large out anywhere else. This allows some elbow room and views in between. Everyone wants retail but as a resident, I am not sure I would always want that on the ground floor, on a busy street for sure but here it would probably be a printing shop or another dead 'cafe'. Too bad it is taking so long for the north end to come together, you would think the Franklin Street north of Tyler would be further along in development by now.
 

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I really wish this building for workforce housing would have been taller. The need for affordable housing in downtown is needed and this would have been the perfect project close to mass transit. Any idea why they don't just build higher on the same footprint?
 

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^Zoning doesn't require it, they got the land cheap, so they can afford to do a cheap, squatty building and still walk away with big profit.
I would think they would turn a much higher profit with more units? Being that they're targeting "affordable" housing, the demand should be there. Just dislike seeing these lots filling up with squatty buildings. The prime lots closer to the river and in the CBD will no doubt be built with tall towers but once these relatively cheap lots are gone, you will never see the mix of incomes downtown will need to truly diversify.
 

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What I like about this project is that it adds life to northern downtown. There are too many vacant buildings and empty streets.

With the new bus terminal, new occupied buildings and the Encore / Tampa Heights projects, there is a much better chance that this area ( Franklin Street North will become a small piece of Manhattan someday.
 

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I would not be surprised to see to added color, looks like they have the base still going down in this picture with one side still not primed.

Is there a rendering that might show something different than a solid color?
 
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