This is about the needs of the many outweighing the financial gains of a very few. Pursuing a zoning change was the citizens' only recourse for a developer and land owner completely unwilling to "do the right thing" on their own accord and a City Planning Office that proves over and over again it is incapable of making even the most basic decisions for smart growth. 1100 parking spaces to enter from a single-lane, non-shouldered, residential street that also serves as the only entrance and primary walking/biking path to a High School (which taxpayers are paying $47M to renovate)? AND along what will eventually be the belt line, adding even more pedestrians? Someone, probably a High School Child, is going to get killed if a traffic pattern like that takes place. Why can't the Planning Office get something that basic right?!?
Will someone please mention that real travesty here is that this development's ONLY planned entrance and exit is on a single lane, residential neighborhood road directly across the street from a high school?!?
1,500 parking spaces means 1,500 cars plus delivery semi trucks on a road NOT equipped to handle that traffic load. The houses on that street are also butted up right against the road. There is no right-of-way to expand to. Glenwood is also a main pedestrian throughfare for local children and people getting to school or just getting around the neighborhoods. Flatly, someone will end up getting killed along this road if this project goes through. And being right across from a high school, it's likely to be a kid.
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