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 engineerâ€™s remarks seemed less perfunctory than in the projectâ€™s recent permit denials.
In his comments dated March 16, Mark Loethen said â€œconflicts in drawings sets have been addressed and revisedâ€ 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.
â€œIncreasing distance between (the) entrance driveway and Dunlavy along with other mitigation measures may be considered,â€ 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 developersâ€™ engineers to schedule a meeting with the city engineer to discuss the possible changes and the traffic impact analysis.
â€œSince the bottom line seems to involve a technical issue that seems appropriate to us,â€ Matthew Morgan, a partner in Buckhead Development Partners, said Tuesday afternoon. â€œWe are going to cooperate.â€
He said further comment on his part would be â€œspeculative,â€ but added, â€œThis process has taught me not to read anything into a comment the city might make.â€
- With 9th Ashby rejection, city seeks meeting [West University Examiner]
- Ashby Highrise coverage [Swamplot]
Drawing of Ashby Highrise along Bissonnet: Buckhead Investment Partners