[MissoulaGov] Russell redesign - and the Death Star

Jim Sayer sayermon at yahoo.com
Mon Feb 3 17:27:16 CST 2014


Ironically, while driving along Russell yesterday, I saw at the new building they had put one of those big inflatable slinky toys on the back corner of the building to attract people to the backside! Holy cow, why didn't they put an entrance on the streetside!?





On Monday, February 3, 2014 12:17 PM, Emily Bentley <emilybrockbentley at gmail.com> wrote:
 
I agree with the sentiment about the zoning on Russell Street having unintended consequences and will find out more ASAP and get back to this group. 
Em
Emily Bentley - City of Missoula Ward 3 Councilwoman


On Mon, Feb 3, 2014 at 11:49 AM, JOHN WOLVERTON <yodelingdog at hotmail.com> wrote:

Agreed as well ! 
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>The new "Garden District subdivision" fitness center structure, with its huge exhaust port-nozzles and high looming windows, stares down onto Russell Street like a death star.
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>It stands as an example of a wasted opportunity that could have set an appropriate tone for better commingling of land use and transportation on this soon-to-be-rebuilt corridor. Like our downtown buildings, being close to the road would not be a problem if it had a classic and human-scale facade with an inviting ground floor retail/commercial presence, alcoves, entranceways and more windows.
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>In early 2012 the Garden District development proposal by the Farran group went through an MRA - TIF funding process as part of URD II; thus I am stunned to see this particular building turn out in such an undesirable form and function.
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>I go along with Jim Sayer in encouraging the community to insist on a retrofit of the Russell Street facade on this structure… 
>and move those awful-looking exhaust nozzles to the roof.
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>John Wolverton
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>Date: Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:28:34 -0500
>CC: nmcdc at montana.com; missoulagov at cmslists.com
>Subject: Re: [MissoulaGov] Russell redesign
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>Agreed.  What was built would seem to accelerate traffic.  A canyon effect because of how close the building is to the street and how big it is, no room for landscaping and only the backside of a building to look at.  
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>From:Pam Walzer [mailto:pamwalzer at gmail.com] 
>Sent: Friday, January 31, 2014 11:25 AM
>To: Rod Austin
>Cc: Bob Oaks; John Paoli; Tom France; missoulagov at cmslists.com
>Subject: Re: [MissoulaGov] Russell redesign
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>Rod - Unfortunately, that is not what was built.
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>On Thu, Jan 30, 2014 at 7:00 PM, Rod Austin <rodaustinsr at gmail.com> wrote:
>The idea is that the street side be retail oriented to become more
>pedestrian friendly! It also helps to calm or slow traffic.
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>From: MissoulaGov [mailto:missoulagov-bounces at cmslists.com] On Behalf Of Bob
>Oaks
>Sent: Thursday, January 30, 2014 6:15 PM
>To: John Paoli; 'Tom France'; missoulagov at cmslists.com
>Subject: Re: [MissoulaGov] Russell redesign
>Thank you John,
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>I looked at the "Guidelines" link but I can't find the part that would
>mandate no street entrances.
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>Bob
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