Jan. 10 -- To the Editor:
At the public dialogue section of the Monday, Jan. 7 City Council meeting, I made the suggestion to have a table top rendering of the Kane/Redgate design for the McIntyre site development. This model should show residents the scope of the plan including the streets adjacent to the two-acre site. It should depict the elevation of Daniel Street down to Bow Street and how the buildings will impact this neighborhood in height, mass, and shadows.
The only model I recall on display for public viewing was for the public library on Parrott Avenue. I think we should require this of all large development in the city.
This project could involve high school students in the design/architecture classes and UNH students studying design, drafting and architecture. It could be an exciting undertaking for the next generation who will see the McIntyre development on that site for their lifetime, and longer, if done right.
A couple of writers of recent letters to the editor may have misconstrued the intent of my suggestion. I think a model that is on display at the library would help everyone see the impact these planned buildings will have on our downtown.
The cost of this project should be at the expense of Kane/Redgate, not the Portsmouth taxpayers.
Mary Lou McElwain