So it’s pretty common for me to ignore the Staff Communications part of most agendas, because that’s where all the boring stuff goes. Of course, ignoring the Staff Communications part of Monday’s Planning Board meeting meant that I missed the part about an update on the Target building, which included a redesign of the building.
So here is a slide of the old design:
And the new one:
The major differences are the the additions of some more windows to nowhere (meaning that they don’t actually serve any purpose than just exist as glass, edited for clarity) on the front elevation. Which is better than no windows and a larger tower treatment type thing on the front elevation which looks like an entrance but is not really an entrance.
The biggest difference is in the rear elevation where Target just gave up on trying to make it look pretty by trying to make it look visually different in places and instead went for a more uniform look, which, while not idea looks a whole lot better than the original. It’s the back of a really big building, they might as well own the back of a building look.
So here’s my beef about this redesign process. It should have been on the regular agenda instead of just staff communications. This is a pretty important design process, people should know about it, but this substantial redesign was relegated to the staff communications portion even though the Planning Board talked about the issue for a good hour. Next time, appropriately agendize these things people.
In other Planning Board news, the CVS is definitely moving forward on Park Street. When discussing upcoming agenda items, City Staff mentioned that the development proposal for the CVS and a Chase Bank was coming up at a future Planning Board meeting. The proposal will be for the Good Chevrolet site which is probably better known as where the ice skating rink was this winter. So keep an eye out for that one om future agendas and I imagine that CVS will get an equal amount of supporters and detractors for a move to Park Street.