UPDATE: Developers Make it your ownJuly 23, 2012 by: Samuel Scheib
I noted triumphantly a few months ago after talking to developers for years about having them build transit facilities as part of their construction projects that one was actually taking me up on it. The development is a student housing project called the Retreat. Located on Mission Road it has a mission theme and the shelter they proposed, below, fit in perfectly with that Craftsman aesthetic, down to the pendant lampss on the outside of the structure. They just completed construction and it is actually a little better than promised with the 30-year metal roof.
Even better, I was in another development meeting for a larger project that will be on a major transit corridor (one that is undergoing an alternatives analysis). Wanting the developers to get on board with including transit I asked if the men had seen the Retreat, perhaps a quarter mile away from their location. They just completed a project in Statesboro, GA, and do a lot of work in university communities and they had. “You see that guy next to you? That’s our architect,” one of the men said to me. “Ours is going to be twice as good as the Retreat’s.” That is very good news for transit: it is a selling point not something to, well, retreat from.