JBmidtown wrote:I’m pretty bummed they’re planning on demolishing the market building.
Yeah, me too.
Maybe a solution can be reached where that building is saved, which would reduce the number of units to alleviate the "parking problem". I feel like the neighbors on the 3500 block of Harrison might be the most vociferous opposition
to the parking situation, so less units on that corner might appease them.
I don't get what the problem is. Almost every house on the 3500 block of Harrison has off-street parking and private garages. From what I can see, there is only one house on that entire block that doesn't, and it's the first house south of the grassy park area on the west side of the block. Do all of these homeowners have multiple guests visiting all day long?
Sometimes I think the solution to the parking complainers is for the developer to offer to buy their house, so they can move somewhere else that has ample parking. Once they are gone, and the development is completed, the developer can put the house back on the market. The houses would probably be worth more once the nearby blighted areas are gone, so the developer wouldn't lose much money on the carrying costs of property taxes and insurance. They could rent the houses while the construction is going on.
If I were a developer with resources, that is the first thing I would do when the complainers show up at the community meetings. "I can see you are unhappy living in a dense environment--that is changing. I will give you a fair market price for your house so that you can move to a more preferable situation."
This is also a situation where city council members must be practical and go see for themselves that the homeowners have their own private parking, so their complaints are probably exaggerated. Then, council members must put the city's interest in creating healthy density ahead of these complaints. The need to revitalize Troost supersedes in this case.
I would be more willing to acquiesce to their concerns if they lived on a street of row houses closely-spaced together with no driveways, or alley parking access, and residents had to park on the street.