Re “Miracle Mile’s Mirabel moves ahead,” Aug. 27 issue
I appreciate the very thorough article by Cameron Kiszla. While I strongly disagree with the proposed project, the author presented all sides in a clear and well-written article.
While it is true the Mid City West Community Council did pass the motion to support the project, there was a strong vote against the project, with 33% of the council voting no for the first time on a development project in over a year. It is clear that this project needs revision.
It was of particular frustration for me to hear the developer and his staff say how important it is to maintain the culture and style and history of the Miracle Mile, while arguing for a structure that will begin the destruction of the area. We would all like there to be fewer cars, but the reality is expensive apartment dwellers will rarely be taking the subway.
The building has space for approximately 1.3 cars per unit, which will be a problem for the neighborhood. It is hard to believe that the very few low income units will really be available to those in need, but rather diminished or lost as the project goes forward.
This structure is approximately twice as tall as any other in the area. Setbacks and floor area ratios and so many aspects are serious problems.
The Mirabel, though a lovely name, is wrong, as currently proposed, for the Miracle Mile, for the surrounding neighborhood, for our community.
Fairfax Branch Library
I live in the Miracle Mile area and I strongly oppose the Mirabel 42-story luxury skyscraper. Many residents feel the same way I do.
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