This is a fantastic example of the power of the historic rehabilitation tax credit system at work. 40% of the majority of that $20.5 million will be coming back to them. This type of funding has shown over and over again to be a good investment for the federal and state government with returns in the form of increased tax revenue from the owners of the building as well as from the higher wages paid to the professionals and craftspersons who made the rehabilitation possible.
There a few things that I am more willing and happy to have my tax dollars go to than the historic rehabilitation tax credit system.
Mary Anna, I find your argument against the addition of density in NOTA unfounded. Density gives vibrancy. Also with increasing density and walk-ability the use of automobiles inherently decreases. Furthermore, the parking added by this building is self-contained. While I disagree with your density sentiments I absolutely agree with the notion that the Voiture Building should not be torn down. Hanlon Architects should try to be a bit more creative in the inclusion and rehabilitation of this building into design of the site. I also would stress that the preservation board be pointed in their criticism and recommendations,as this project demands a significant level of care and detail. Bring on the density and the main building, but save the Voiture Building!
As a further point of contention, where was the lengthy and supporting article for the Cataract Building. Why be so vehement for the opposition of the demolition of a relatively non-descript tudor revival, but yet be quiet and even supporting of the demolition of a significantly sited and unique landmark that was important not only to local cultural heritage, but also national brewery architecture as a whole. If you and or CITY are going to battle for the good of preservation, there is much needed reassessment of your values.
Somehow this article passed over our most famous and breathtaking public building of all....First Unitarian Church on Winton, designed by Louis Kahn.
Great article overall guys, but seriously...you missed Kahn's First Unitarian???
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