The East Village is made of interesting community focused developments with curbside retail. This development doesn't deserve to be a part of it. I am pleased to see it completed. I hope it heightens demand for those blocks instead of delaying them by adding to the inventory.
The plan for this block and that to the south has always been for larger-floor plate retail versus more fine grained retail to the east. A successful neighbourhood has a combination of the two. Certain retailers, like grocery stores, require these much larger floorplates. The neighbourhood, as well as those adjacent, would be worse off without a project like this and the distinct retail tenants it brings.