Seeing that Children's Hospital will soon be vacating the Elmwood Village, it's time to take a look back at a post that Roger Schroeder did a few years back (see here
). In his post, Roger featured a rendering as to what the corner of Elmwood and Bryant might look like if the underutilized parking lot was built upon. The infill would be an important piece of Elmwood's future growth and would help to complete the four corner puzzle (Coffee Culture being a recently completed piece). Not only would it add to the streetscape, it would also bring in more residential and business to the neighborhood. I would think that it would behoove the Elmwood Village Association to enter into discussions with Children's Hospital and interested developers to ensure that this corner is built up and not left as a parking lot.
For those concerned about losing parking spots, this lot has always been underutilized - I believe that it is a lot designated for doctors. Plus, there is a sea of parking on West Utica in-between Elmwood and Delaware (317 spaces - see below). Regarding the parking lots on West Utica, it would also be nice to see a developer restore the street's residential fabric while leaving parking in the back (see Roger's post
). Don't forget that there's also the Gallagher parking ramp on the block that is accessible from the Bank of America driveway off of Elmwood (609 spaces).
There are some real opportunities to formulate a real game plan in the absence of Children's Hospital. It would be nice to see the dialogue begin sooner rather than later. The parking lots in question, particularly the one facing Elmwood, reveal some incredible opportunities to create a dynamic urban environment that is sorely missing from this stretch of Elmwood Avenue - mainly due to corner of Elmwood and Bryant (Rite Aid and parking lot). The parking lots will most likely be bundled with the sale of the hospital to a developer. Hopefully that developer will understand the importance of the big picture and will look at these lots as added opportunities, not just coveted parking.
^Parking on West Utica