Posted by Chris Corr in Neighborhoods
on Jun 12th, 2012
If you are not familiar with the saga of the Di Rimini, I suggest that you first catch up by reading here, here, here, here and here. Needless to say, this is a story that should serve as an example to designers and developers that they must consider the City’s Regional Center Design Guidelines and follow through with them.
Now that you’re caught up, I present to you a pictorial history of the Di Rimini from the originally approved design through to the proposed redesign that will be reviewed by the Regional Center Hearing Examiner July 12th, 2012.
The official MDC approved design for the project, originally called "Sarojo Commons". September 2009
This slightly different design appeared on the project website in mid-2010 (now shut down). It is unknown why this was on the project site as it matched neither the approved design nor the built structure.
The Di Rimini as built. September 2010 (Photo: Curt Ailes)
After the city discovered multiple design deviations and the developer was cited by the state for fire code violations, this design modification was proposed to the city. September 2010
The property was ultimately foreclosed upon and seized by Stock Yards Bank. In January 2012, they proposed this initial redesign to bring the project into compliance with the city.
This modification of the January 2012 design has been submitted for review to the Regional Center Hearing Examiner and will be heard July 12, 2012.
This rendering shows what the Di Rimini Lofts may look like when the structure is altered.
What do you think of the proposed redesign of the Di Rimini? Notably, the entire first floor facade will now be brick, replacing the patchwork of stone that currently exists. In addition, the first floor space at the corner of Capitol Ave. and St. Clair St. — originally proposed as retail but changed to a leasing office in the built design — will be reverted back to retail space.