Plans for the Ashby Highrise were rejected by the city for the 9th time last week. But . . . this rejection appears to be a bit kinder than the others have been.
How much kinder? The West U Examiner‘s Michael Reed explains:
. . . the tone of the city engineer’s remarks seemed less perfunctory than in the project’s recent permit denials.
In his comments dated March 16, Mark Loethen said “conflicts in drawings sets have been addressed and revised” since the previous rejection Feb. 13.
Saying the city is still concerned about the distance between a proposed entrance on Bissonnet Street and the Dunlavy Street intersection and the volume of left-turns during peak traffic hours, Loethen offered a potential solution.
“Increasing distance between (the) entrance driveway and Dunlavy along with other mitigation measures may be considered,” his comments read.
That sure makes it sound like a building permit for the 23-story highrise — which developer Buckhead Investment Partners still insists on calling 1717 Bissonnet — isn’t that far away from actual city approval. Can’t these tiny remaining details just be worked out in a friendly little get-together?
Loethen asked the developers’ engineers to schedule a meeting with the city engineer to discuss the possible changes and the traffic impact analysis.
“Since the bottom line seems to involve a technical issue that seems appropriate to us,” Matthew Morgan, a partner in Buckhead Development Partners, said Tuesday afternoon. “We are going to cooperate.”
He said further comment on his part would be “speculative,” but added, “This process has taught me not to read anything into a comment the city might make.”
- With 9th Ashby rejection, city seeks meeting [West University Examiner]
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Drawing of Ashby Highrise along Bissonnet: Buckhead Investment Partners