On the evening of March 8 the City of Grosse Pointe held an open forum regarding the walls of Kressbach Court. The objective was to share with the community two proposed architectural revisions that might make the sculpture, as it was referred to by the city council, more palatable to the community.
According to the council, 90 percent of those who have commented on the structure have felt that instead of beautifying the Village it has taken away from the charm and quaintness that it once had as well as feeling unsafe to walk through at night.
Those present were presented with a scale model as well as rendered drawings showing the walls lowered, and the center section being removed and replaced with trees and shrubs. Other suggestions were made to tie into the Jacobsonís site, whatever and whenever that might be.
There was a question regarding the use of stone in a village of brick while others asked if the stone could be toned down to give a feeling of age and reduce the starkness of the present color. Finally some even went so far as to suggest that weekend volunteers remove the walls with their sledgehammers.
No matter how valiant these attempts, other than starting over, they are still considered at best a compromise.
The direction that the city takes on this issue will be with us forever. Should we begin to look like Rochester Hills, as one council member suggested or should we maintain our quaint, tasteful Grosse Pointe Village as the Hill did?