A mammoth nine-story building is the elephant in
However, one of the things DURAC and it seems, the Planning Commission as well, wants to include in the standards are changes in the current building height code – which allows 100-foot buildings in a large chunk of downtown, including the areas next to the historic Redmond Hotel, former Redmond High and Jesse Hill schools, and residences nearby.
It appears, however, that the advisory groups have been getting the cold shoulder from city council and administrators when concerns about the out-of-character height limits are raised.
Advisory groups, it seems, are good only when they tell you what you want to hear.
Suffice to say since that day five years ago many folks in
While it’s unlikely having a 100-foot limit on the books is going to create a ‘concrete canyon’ overnight, it is inviting trouble.
Smart cities use lower building heights to protect historic commercial and residential areas, modifying them through the years only as the need arises.
We should be one of those smart cities.