I'm sure you want to see residential included and I'm 100% with you. I would love CU to get a Q/A session with the Easton developers together so we can see what they're thinking for the future of Easton. There is a lot of open space right next to this development.
Yeah, this site would have been perfect for residential. Imagine 4 - 5 stories of residential above this garage with a rooftop amenities deck pool, bbq, etc. You could walk to plenty of shopping and entertainment options, gym, Trader Joe's, etc. The main thing lacking would be a larger grocer and some civic establishments like a library.
As you move toward those empty lots you get into a situation where the the street level interaction is going to suck. It doesn't work as well when you go across the street and build residential only. Look at Easton Commons, it really doesn't feel like part of the project at all. I know people who lived there and still drove across the street.
Unless they're going to a need for even more retail they need to figure a way to put the residential into the actual project. They should be using the empty lots for things like getting the Giant Eagle closer to the project so it's all walkable instead of building on the other side of Stelzer. It's like their goal is wait another 20 years before they make it walkable.