Apologies if this has been posted, but I did a search and couldn't find it. As many of you know, Grand Prospect Hall has started the motion rolling to possibly ask the city for a spot variance to build a 11 story hotel with a garage for 400 cars in their current parking lot. As part of this project they will be demolishing two houses on 16th street to make a freight and delivery entrance for trucks.
As residents of the surrounding area after fighting for many years to get the zoning regulations put in place to prevent large out of context condominiums from sprouting up in our neighborhood we are trying to show the city that regulations are there for a reason and the "spot rezoning" of this property should not be allowed.
Basically a spot rezoning is a way to get around the due process of the height and size regulations and would allow this building to be built through a loophole.
As concerned residents of the area we have posted a petition that we are circulating that outlines in detail some of our concerns about the plan. To be clear, we are not against the owners of GPH building, we are just requesting the building be in context with the neighborhood and the impact of such a building be understood before it is permitted without a study.
The online petition is here. Even if you do not want to sign it, I urge you to look through it to see the points we are raising as they impact not only the surrounding area of the project, but could serve as a loophole for other buildings in your area that could utilize the same tactic.
[mods: It would be great to link this to the greenwood heights forum as well if possible]