We need you! Please attend City Council’s Concept Review on July 13 to ask the Council to commit to developing the Diagonal Plaza for housing at higher density, to make homes for more people.
Diagonal Plaza is a decrepit and difficult site. The area outlined in bold red lines above is 100% pavement with a single slab building. THAT is the area that could be redeveloped into mixed use and housing in the Planning Board Concept Review. It is not the whole of Diagonal Plaza; but it is a key part of the site which has changed little since 1965. The 65 page description of the Diagonal Plaza redevelopment Concept can be downloaded here. BHN’s position on housing at this site can be found here.
If the City rezones the property, the result can be up to 259 homes, cascading and sheltering roofs, courtyards that are alive, roof gardens, paths and building fronts that are friendly to pedestrians, lovely outdoor spaces and vibrant pathways, courtyards and activity pockets—reimagining entirely what this site can be.
Planning Board gave a cool reception to the Diagonal Plaza concept on May 20. Several Planning Board Members advocated that Diagonal Plaza should be developed at lower density, like the Holiday single family blocks or the Shining Mountain Waldorf School redevelopment. For a detailed account of Planning Board’s discussion of the Diagonal Plaza proposal, read BHN Editor Claudia Hanson Thiem’s live tweet thread here.