I want to confess I was supportive of an apartment project in downtown Rowlett. If you want downtown to prosper, you need people.......on a regular and predictable basis. Business follows rooftops. The best way to get people to frequent shops and restaurants is to have them conveniently nearby. Apartments do that. I guess at the time I was too preoccupied about how much money we were giving away and not paying attention to the massive structures, and the effect they could have on surrounding structures.
I now wish I had paid closer attention. The Village of Rowlett is overwhelming downtown Rowlett. Instead of being an apartment project in downtown Rowlett, it is becoming The Villages Apartments, with some Rowlett downtown scattered about.
It will probably be okay, but not quite what I had envisioned. I expected the apartments to compliment the downtown, not devour it.
This is a good example of the need to think things thru before pulling the plug. I think a good case now can be made to shore up the "presence" of downtown. A few "turn of the century" buildings would help. However, I don't think that would fit Form Based Codes. Charm is not in the Code Book. Form Based Codes are guaranteed to create a government building look. And, I don't want to pay my exorbitant water bill in an apartment complex.
I think downtown still has a good future, but some return to small town America would certainly be welcome. If I wanted urban living, I would move to Lower Greenville Avenue, or get a loft in Deep Ellum.