New Design Guidelines And Standards For Commercial Development Will Bring Manhattan Closer To Boulder
By Jon A. Brake
Developers, builders, landowners in Manhattan need to be alerted to
new rules and regulations being developed
by the City. In the future it will cost you more to build, rent, lease in Manhattan. Ah, but Manhattan will be closer
to being "Just like Boulder."
Several City Commissioners and some staff members have put the City
of Boulder, Colorado on a pedestal. They
think Boulder is the perfect City and Manhattan should look just like it. This is just another way to "Change the
A Draft "Design Guidelines and Standards for Commercial Development"
is being developed by the City of
Manhattan's Planning Division.
It seems pedestrians will take over Manhattan in the near future: "In
general, Single Buildings and Small Site
Developments should contribute to a visually continuous, pedestrian-oriented street front with little to no vehicle
use area between the building face and the street."
"Building within Large Multiple-Building Developments should be oriented
to create a sense of place for
pedestrian, and relate to and enhance the surrounding streetscape."
"Out-lot building should be clustered together to define street edges
and create pedestrian-oriented public
spaces between buildings. Wide-spaced dispersal of out-lot buildings is discouraged, even if along the street
Many of the ideas are going to be very expensive: "Large retail establishments
should provide at least two of
the following features:
i. patio/seating area
ii. pedestrian plaza with benches
iii. window shopping walkways
iv. outdoor play area
v. kiosk area
vi. water feature
vii. clock tower
viii. outdoor art/sculpture"
Another feature of the guideline is to help the bicyclist. You know
all of those bicycle paths and right of ways, and
lanes that no one uses? Now they will have a place to not go and not park: "A visible and safe bicycle parking
area should be integrated into the site plan."
And each new building will be a monument: "Each entrance of Large Retail
Buildings should feature no less than
three of the following:
vi. raised corniced parapets over the door
vii. peaked roof forms
ix. outdoor patios
x. display windows
xi. public space/courtyard
The new Manhattan will be beautiful and more expensive.