Sorry for the infrequent and non-substantive posts of late; work is keeping me pinned to my chair. That said, two things of note if you haven't seen/heard about them yet:
First, an attractive plan for the redevelopment of Kelsey Gardens was presented at the ECCA's September meeting. The main post on the subject at Kevin Chapple's forum states that the anticipated delivery date is 2010, which Mari posits is a little ambitious given the realities of the proposed development plan. Check out more renderings at Metropolitan Development's website here. I personally cannot wait for the current Kelsey Gardens, a long-time crime have, to be demolished, and I think this development plan looks great (of course, I'm not an immediate neighbor and, accordingly, have no concerns re: building height, construction, traffic, etc.). The new development will have 182 units, 54 of which will be affordable housing, ground level retail, a courtyard with a pool, a fitness center, a cyber cafe, and two levels of underground parking. This would undoubtedly be another great catalyst project to 7th Street.
Second, Queen of Sheba's hearing for a liquor license is going on as I type. Fingers crossed that this struggle will finally be over today and that the Queen can finally serve alcohol with her delicious food. That the ABRA has allowed this to be such a drawn out fight speaks volumes about their ineffectiveness.