Before The Kenney’s next design review, a community meeting

kenneycupola.jpgAs we reported earlier this week, the next Southwest Design Review Board meeting for The Kenney’s $150 million redevelopment proposal is set for May 14th. But first, a community meeting has just been announced for updates on major aspects of the project, including whether the iconic Seaview building can be saved. Here’s the latest, from Cindi Barker at Morgan Community Association:

The Morgan Community Association and Fauntleroy Community Association are hosting a second community meeting to have continued discussion on the Kenney redevelopment project. This meeting will be held Monday, May 4th, 7:30 p.m. at Fauntleroy Church, UCC (9140 California Ave SW).

This session will include not only Kevin McFeely, The Kenney CEO, but also a representative from the Kenney’s architects, AG Architecture. The idea and planning for this second meeting began after the last formal Early Design Guidance Review by the city’s Design Review Board on January 8th. The wait has proved fruitful, as the Kenney has received an estimate on moving the Seaview building in order to preserve it, and has found that saving the Seaview and moving it elsewhere on the property could be done. Consequently, the Kenney has requested a new site plan that 1) moves the Seaview to the northeast corner of the property to be used for administrative purposes and 2) lowers the perimeter building heights to step down more gracefully into the neighborhood and which would put the higher buildings towards the center of the property.

This meeting is intended to be a conversation between community members and the Kenney and the architects. During the formal Design Review meetings, it is not possible to have direct communication; this meeting would give neighbors an opportunity to preview the new design and talk with the architects.

We have a message out to Kenney CEO McFeely, seeking more comment on the possibility of saving the Seaview building (which, in previous discussions, had been deemed infeasible). And before the community meeting, this will be one of the topics on the agenda for MoCA’s quarterly public meeting next Wednesday, 7 pm, at The Kenney (along with items including updates on the Fauntleroy repaving/restriping and RapidRide, among other things).

5 Replies to "Before The Kenney's next design review, a community meeting"

  • Denny April 9, 2009 (8:36 pm)

    This is exciting news which may result in design that works better for everyone and promotes the best features of such a historical campus.

    We don’t always see property owners listening and including community feedback (Connor?), much less actively engaging in give & take with neighbors.

    This is an important project for the whole WS community. The Kenney’s long term viability as a business is also of interest to those of us planning to age (gracefully?).

    Kudos to the Kenney!

  • cakeitseasy April 10, 2009 (7:46 am)


  • Andrew April 10, 2009 (11:56 am)

    Please, please save the Seaview building.

  • cakeitseasy April 10, 2009 (12:47 pm)

    What a shame. Do they really have to shred every bit of history in this town? Developers gone wild.

    “…in a design that works better for everyone and promotes…a historical campus”

    Doesn’t work for me. There is little integrity in this plan, and a lot of posturing trying to get people to buy into destroying the Seaview building.

  • fiz April 10, 2009 (7:36 pm)

    Have any of you had a parent in the Seaview Building?

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