Last night, the developer Robert Ianucci hosted a public informational meeting in the Rondout, where we learned that his initial design was nothing more than “a concept.” (Architect Paul Jankowitz @ 59:00 on Tape #1)
The public made some great points and suggestions, although a highlight for me, was the idea to create an architectural competition, to lay out guiding principals and then to invite some of the youngest and brightest architects from all over the world to consider what could be built there. “It doesn’t have to be traditional – and anyway, what you’re proposing doesn’t reflect the architecture of old Kingston at all.” (Starts at 00:00 on Tape #2).
The location is nestled into a residential area and nearby Riverview Baptist Church and the AJ Williams-Myers African Roots Library – communities essential to engage going forward.
Some of Kingston’s best organizers were present, including Ann Loeding who is collecting names for upcoming meetings and to solicit comments going forward. If you wish to be included, please contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks to The Kingston News for recording the meeting, brought to you by KingstonCitizens.org.
(Photo credit: Clark Richters)