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Parking concerns central in Lytton Gateway meeting

Original post made on May 3, 2012

Downtown North residents voiced concerns about potential parking problems related to the proposed development of the Lytton Gateway building during a meeting with developers Tuesday. ==B Related stories:==
• [Web Link Guest Opinion: Even without housing, Gateway offers many benefits]
• [Web Link Guest Opinion: Gateway project breaks all of city's zoning rules]

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 5:28 PM

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Posted by Project origins
a resident of Downtown North
on May 3, 2012 at 12:42 pm

The developers said earlier to the City Council, and again at this meeting, that they originally planned a smaller building that would "come in under the radar."
It was Steve Emslie and Curtis Williams who encouraged them to build big, they said. Emslie is the former Manager of Planning, now the Assistant City Manager.

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Posted by Janet
a resident of Downtown North
on May 3, 2012 at 6:55 pm

This massive new building will open the flood gates to more massive commercial buildings being built in downtown PA. University Ave will be a very different downtown when all we have is gigantic buildings looming down on the street. No sun will reach the street and it will be a very unfriendly walking area. Shame on the city for allowing this type of project to be built. I bet the developers can't believe they got this project approved by the city. They must be laughing their heads off.

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Posted by mmmMom
a resident of Downtown North
on May 3, 2012 at 8:16 pm

This is such a failure of urban planning. Alma is going to be a hideous, tunnel like street - resembling the disaster of "modern" architecture in post-war eastern Germany. Besides Gateway, the super-super-low-rent housing @ Alma & Homer will be another nail in the coffin of our town's charm. Shame.

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Posted by mom
a resident of Downtown North
on May 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm

Janet, I agree completely. The look of the area is becoming so sterile with the new, huge offices.

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Posted by Crooked Boyd Smith
a resident of Downtown North
on May 3, 2012 at 8:37 pm

The developoers, Boyd Smith and his son are ruthless. The only thing they care about is money. I wonder who they paid "under the table," at city hall, to get this project approved.

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Posted by Phil
a resident of Downtown North
on May 3, 2012 at 10:25 pm

I think it's going to be a great addition to the neighborhood. So much better than a run down gas station.

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Posted by All Along
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on May 3, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Developers have been on the 'inside' with city staff and council members for a long time. Who knows what is discussed behind the closed door sessions with developers at city hall. Money talks regardless of what citizens want. That's just the way it is.

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Posted by Jeff
a resident of Downtown North
on May 3, 2012 at 11:23 pm

I'm not familiar with the cost of downtown commercial property ... wouldn't $1.5M buy maybe 3,000 sq ft of land with no money to develop it? Rather than money in lieu of parking, our city should simply require the developer to provide parking! Why should the city hire a developer to create parking for the first developer.

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Posted by Larry
a resident of Downtown North
on May 6, 2012 at 10:32 pm

I think anything would be better than the empty dirt lot that it is now. I welcome a new office building there; it'll bring more life to the city and more customers to the businesses in the downtown core. Of course they should add in sufficient parking spaces into the building plan - that's only common sense.

BUT - I really object to resident parking permits in my neighborhood. Where are all the people who work downtown meant to go park? They'll no longer be able to park in Professorville or here in downtown north - where are they going to go? They have to get to and from their jobs and the residents seemingly haven't even thought about these poor people. They're just trying to make a living. They keep our city alive. These are hardworking people - office workers, chefs, waiters, shopkeepers - why are we punishing them for the success of our downtown? We reap the benefits of having such great amenities right on our doorstep but don't want to deal with the consequences. Just a load of NIMBY whinging.

Honestly, the parking situation here isn't even that bad. I rarely if ever have a problem finding a parking space. Moreover, many houses and apartment buildings have off-street parking in our neighborhood. The streets are a shared space and the whiny residents who are complaining about parking should learn to share.

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