Stone Street Gardens developer wants to bring 'entertainment venue' downtown. But he needs a balcony ... and Landmark Commission's OK.
By Robert Wilonsky
11:55 AM on Thu., Mar. 29, 2012
According to docs filed with the Landmark Commission, which you'll also find below, Taylor now wants to make a significant change to the old Woolworth's. As you can see above, he wants to put a balcony on the second floor in order to accommodate "an entertainment club" that wants to lease out the space above Campisi's. The balcony would also serve as a canopy for Campisi's, complete with ceiling fans needed to cool down folks trying to dine beneath the summer sun.
As Taylor told me this morning, "We have a great tenant from the West End district, an entertainment venue, where they have comedy, jazz and various acts every night. We hope to draw from the hotel crowds and folks who might want to eat at Campisi's, and we think a balcony would be a fabulous draw to make that a very exciting area again."
Taylor took the project to Landmark for a courtesy review, to get its OK before spending time and money generating plans for something the commission might not approve. And Landmark's task force gave Stone Street Garden the proverbial okee-doke. But as you'll see below, city staff isn't ready to give its blessing: "Staff recommends that the balcony/porch addition is not added due to the fact that the preservation criteria prohibits horizontal additions to the main building."