In my discussions with Tim the Hotel Guy, I said that there are 3 issues of paramount importance to me (and my kinfolk/partners):
1) The location is on a corner of W Main and an underdeveloped strip of land towards downtown 6 blocks to the east east. To the west is UVA. This building, in use and design, should say: UVA ends here and "midtown" and downtown start here.
2) Water, water, water. It must be collected. His response was that the hotel chain he works with doesn't have a grey water recycling policy. If that is true, they better get one.
3) Tim, in their design, did not include any retail element on the 1st floor of the West Main elevation. I won't accept that and we quietly asked the BAR to help us there. They are not supposed to look beyond the exterior design, but they did manage to get our point across by talking about the "Pedestrian Experience."
Tim and I have not signed any kind of development agreement. I think he now knows that the city is not going to roll over for him and, if push comes to shove, we will walk away. Big meeting on Monday.
My architect was going to email me pictures of the building. I have not gotten them yet.