The Design Review Board, at a public meeting July 13, told the architect of the proposed giant grocery-store-and-apartments building in Madison Valley that they must come back with a better design. The group Save Madison Valley put on a brilliant, tightly-coordinated presentation, in which about 12 people sequentially pointed out particular violations of relevant design guidelines, accompanied by illustrative slides. (Download and view the presentation.)
At these meetings, the members of the Design Review Board deliberate publicly after hearing the architect’s presentation and public comment. The Board was troubled by two major problems:
- The enormous size of the development does not respect the topography of the existing landscape (i.e. the forested slope that would be excavated and destroyed); and,
- The giant blank walls on the neighborhood-facing side of the project do not respect the single-family homes there, or offer them anything. One Board member said, to general agreement: “You’re just trying to screen it off, and that’s not sufficient.”
There will be another Early Design Guidance meeting at a future time, to be announced.