Every time I drive by the new dorms on Grant I'm irritated by the design. Forget the aesthetics of the goofy colors, which I think is goofy but doesn't bother me enough to not like the building. Instead I'm upset with the function of the building. Grant Street is in most parts in a sad state. The design they used by fencing off the entire Grant side and having no primary or secondary type of entrance on that side is just sad. And on an urban design note it creates division in the neighborhood and a gaping fissure between the campus and the community.
I understand there were probably concerns with safety on that side of the campus, but that prairie of a parking lot is well lit and empty at night, not to mention regularly patrolled by campus police.
To make another point I'll reference the "build it to the curb" crowd on BR. If they're leaving that space for future uses I'll let it slide, but I'm doubtful.
On another note, there is now a gaping hole where a house used to be on Grant between the campus and Forest. Not sure what the plan is but Buff State could do good for the neighborhood by making like a lot of local colleges and expanding the reach of the campus and building townhomes in the blighted parts. I'm thinking something like what UB did with all those townhouses.