In the earlier post, I missed two positive things about the proposed development on the Skipjacks/IBC site. In an email response to some questions I had, the developer’s attorney pointed out that the building is much shallower than the typical building on Needham St., intending to attract smaller stores, rather than the bigger boxes. The developer calls it “Village Retail.” I’d call it an upgrade to the street.
Also, and I’m not sure how I neglected this, there are plans for two bike racks in front of the building. Ironically, IBC has no bike racks. (One day, I’ll do a post cataloging the bike parking in front of the city’s various bike stores. It’s not what you’d expect.) So, this is another good upgrade.
Let’s hope that Needham St. eventually gets some good bike lanes to go with the racks.
The public hearing on the special permit for the development is tomorrow night, September 11, 2012, at 7:30 PM, at City Hall.