Sitting on the porch of her lovingly-renovated home, looking out over her garden, Crawshaw talks about what she thought when she saw the map — which shows a Shared Visual Arts Complex where she is now. There are some trees sketched in, Crawshaw points out, and she wonders if they'd keep her fig and cherry trees.
"When you think there's a designer or an architect or an architect's assistant sitting somewhere pointing out plans for your block on his or her CAD system and then hovering the cursor over your building and then hitting click and then — poof — your building doesn't exist anymore — and you had no idea," said Crawshaw. "You know you're just a dismissible detail on somebody's plan. It's just weird."
Crawshaw says she has not spoken with the city or the developer's office but she has talked to other neighborhood residents.
Just a few minutes walk away, two more building owners are worrying. Tina Rocha and her husband run the Cerulean Arts Gallery and Studio on Ridge Avenue — right across from a former homeless shelter.
"We have homemade decorative arts," said Rocha. "So jewelry, vases, baskets, we have local artists, fair trade companies, something for everyone."
Rocha says the pair poured themselves into renovating this place.
"We thought the neighborhood had so much potential. So we wanted to be part of a community that is seeing its re-birth."
Rocha, who works at an architecture firm, says the couple knew it would take time for their gallery and the neighborhood to grow. What they didn't expect was seeing a map of the area that appears to no longer include their building. She points to the map that doesn't show her building, "We're right in the Commons. So we're right smack in the middle of the block here."
Rocha says she's not sure what to do now.