Editor’s note: Our first post from new contributor SteamingMyLaundry
An artist’s rendering of the entire Yale Complex, including “Yale West,” is now circulating among Yale East residents. Apparently, various community organizations approved the design at some point, but this would have happened long before anyone lived in Yale East (or the other new buildings in the Triangle, for that matter). The 211-unit “Yale West” portion will be rentals. When complete, it will give the Yale Complex approximately 370 units overall.
Perhaps the most interesting feature is the proposed set of “live-work” rentals on the first floor along New York Avenue. “Live-work” units are designed to enable someone to operate a home business that needs street access. The resident would work in his art gallery, real estate brokerage, or whatever, and then live in the back. This is being pitched as a new concept, although it reminds me a lot of families who lived above their stores in colonial America.
Anyway, what do people think about the design? I can’t speak for other Yale residents, but I’m very happy. There’s enough space for light and air between the two buildings — the developer (IBG Partners) doesn’t propose to build the tallest section immediately adjacent to the historic buildings. And, although it’s different enough from the rest of the complex not to be dull, it’s similar enough to blend well.