The Ironworks project at 86th and Keystone is in its finishing stages. The mixed-use building will house apartments, along with a Ruth’s Chris Steak House and B Spot. It will even house complimentary bikes for residents. If I ignored the site plan, this project would look like a huge win. Admittedly, a new building off of an interstate exit is notoriously difficult to design for anything other than vehicles, but there may be some missed opportunities here.
I’m not really sure how people would bike or walk to this location. The best option would be to walk from the west from 86th Street, but biking anywhere around here is pretty treacherous. As far as walking, think of all of the office workers in the area to the south. Ironworks is in the upper right corner of this aerial:
It appears that Ironworks assumes that these workers will want to hop in their cars on to 86th Street or Keystone Avenue, instead of walking to eat lunch in their development. But, there is something interesting in the parking lot just to the southwest of Ironworks:
It is a temporary pedestrian bridge over the creek for construction workers. I have seen no plans to make a permanent bridge here, but if there was, then maybe the Nora-Northside Community Council would have a bit less to fear as far as traffic is concerned. It doesn’t have to be fancy to be effective, but the potential to relieve stress from both roadways and office workers lives seems like a win-win idea.