As I was taking the photo, some of the construction guys were walking around the side of the building, and we started talking. One of them said that the plan was to add bay windows to the front, and that they were trying to be sensitive to the historic look of the block.
I thought this sounded encouraging (especially given how incongruous the pop-up across the street looks). On the other hand, it seems like even when builders are trying to blend in with existing older architecture, the new stuff rarely looks as nice as the old stuff. (And while there are bay windows on some of the houses on the other side of the street, there aren’t any on this side.)
Anyway, I’m cautiously optimistic… but still wish they could’ve left the front facade alone.”