Wednesday, July 16, 2008

The Metropolitan's Approved

A positive step forward was made today in the approval of John Saca’s Metropolitan Tower. With all Design Commission board members blessing and the City Council approval yesterday, there was no drama other than a few minor recommendations.

The tower was approved consisting of 190 condo units and 190 hotel rooms along with ground floor retail and restaurant space. The approved high-rise would rise 410’ to the roof and 435’ to the top of the spire.

Since November of last year, a few changes were made to the exterior like a grander/taller lobby, more precast concrete giving it a bolder civic look and a darker color. Over all, the high-rise now has a more traditional look. The original design was sleek and modern and most all the design commission members said that they really like it... but some where between November and today, the design was taken back to a more traditional style.

This tower is still quite a ways from breaking ground. With the current housing mess and credit crunch gripping the nation, Saca’s probably several years away from breaking ground.

I really like the darker color and additional use concrete giving the building more contrast. Good luck John, you're going to need it.


Central City said...

Is it just me or does that render look alot like the Esquire on 13th ?

Regardless, build it already !

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Tazoboy916 said...

Is this just another pipe dream for John Saca? Am I suppose to get all worked up and excited, just to be disappointed again? When John Saca learns how to close the deal, then I'll be happy to eat my words. But, for now, I will pass on the false hope thing. R.E.

Zwahlen Images said...

This is John's second chance to get it right, so I imagine he's going to be more cautious this time around. If he lines up a hotel and presales 100 units, it would be a good sign that he can pull it off.

Yeah Central City, it doe’s look similar in shape to the Esquire. There are a few towers up in Vancouver that resembles this design too.