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After being approved by the city in .. 2016 ? and the project stalling out, the land went back on the market and was eventually bought together with the plans which were at that point approved a second time and now we've finally reached demo/construction. While nowhere near as big as 520 Church also being built in the neighborhood right now, this project will still have a huge impact on this block of E Pine St and the neighborhood's image. The buildings being taken were functional, but the townhomes will bring more residents and a breath of fresh air.. extending the newer look of South Eola from S Eola Drive all the way out to the border of the neighborhood at Summerlin Ave. 

I'm just as excited to follow this construction as the 520 Church project, they're so different but both bring new residents to South Eola and enhance the image of the neighborhood. If anyone has comments or pictures to share I thought I'd start the topic. Thanks !

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Only 6 units and 19 parking space :( This does nothing to help South Eola become more urban, although this appears to be the maximum density allowed for the area, it's crazy to me that the entire surrounding area of Lake Eola isn't zoned for high density urban dwellings.

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I was at the original ARB meeting for this and everyone loved it. I mean if they could've given the architect a hug on his way out.. I think they would have. I wasn't completely sold on it at that point, but since they had them remove the backlit/neon sign I've grown to love it.


As for the number of units and whatnot, the city said there is a step down system starting from CBD to Summerlin so that Summerlin Ave doesn't become a tunnel overshadowed by huge buildings. Still, I kind of wish they had been able to take the duplex on the corner and incorporate that lot somehow. Other than Central & Summerlin there are really no other "entrances" to the neighborhood that make a statement. It would have had more visual impact at the corner/border of the neighborhood and defined one of the main paths used to access the residences and businesses on S Eola Dr.

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I think the City policy is to have a max height of 35' along Summerlin, transitioning to a max height of 120' on Eola, with a max height of 200' on the west side of Eola.  I just hope that when the corners of Summerlin/Pine or Summerlin/Central are redeveloped, they're able to utilize the same driveway that this project is building.  This project will have eight units total, including the duplex on Central.  Replacing four houses (that haven't even been lived in recently, as far as I can tell) with eight lived-in units is a great addition to the neighborhood.  I hope it spurs some new development nearby.

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Good riddance and about time. Too bad the developer couldn't incorporate any of the corner properties into the development... the remaining duplexes seem out of place now.

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Hopefully, the remaining lots to the east will have cross-access to use the new Pine Street driveway that the Olive is building.  That would allow easy redevelopment of those remaining lots facing Summerlin.

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I was told they tried to include the Pine St duplex & Summerlin bldgs but the owner wanted nothing to do with it.. it's really unfortunate bc at this point, like you said, unless there is rear access from the Olive driveway what can they ever do to maximize those lots ? A townhouse garage would prob never be approved facing Summerlin, would be absolutely ridic for a car to pull in/out on such a busy street.

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On 10/9/2018 at 6:29 PM, bqknight said:

How much do they think they’ll start at?

Having heard what they paid for the land they'll prob be pretty pricey.  There's a website for the project but it doesn't say.    www.theoliveth.com

Just like 'The Brownstones' down the street, they're relying pretty heavy on the lie that this is all in Thornton Park, presumably to jack up the price.

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