The recently revised master plan for the long delayed redevelopment of the Southwest Waterfront is expansive in its scope, with a multiple phased approach stretching over the next ten years. Developing a 26 acre site is something that takes time, and there are a lot of elements of the plan that get us excited, but none more so than the third phase M Street Landing piece which is across from the newly opened Arena Stage.
Each of the sections of the project has been branded with a name, and the M Street Landing section is going to be an open plaza that will connect the Arena Stage with the waterfront with a showy water feature and the possibility of ice skating during the cooler months. The massing will be one and two story buildings to keep the beautiful Arena Stage as the center piece and visible.
The focus for retail and restaurants will be more family friendly and casual. Given the opportunity for pre and post theater traffic and dinning, you would think this would be the first area the developers tackle, but it actually isn’t part of the first phase. We think waiting till 2016 to develop this section may be a little to long… we would have done it first, what do you think?