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November 16, 2012

Beat the block

Filed under: Alameda, Development, Transportation — Tags: , — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

So here’s a one for the “wow, that’s pretty awesome” files.  On Tuesday’s Planning Board agenda there was an item about Kohl’s operating hours, essentially they wanted to expand their operating hours.   Some neighbors on some streets off Otis decided that this was a good time to leverage this request by making one of their own and asking that the City essentially hold the Kohl’s request hostage until such time that their demands were met.

What the residents wanted was some paint on Otis Street at Park Avenue (note, I wrote Park Avenue, not Street) to tell drivers on Otis Street to not block the intersection so that, well I guess drivers from Park Avenue could pull out and block the intersection themselves.    So while I don’t necessarily agree with the “hold Kohl’s hours hostage until we get what we want” I don’t think their request was that outlandish, it just shouldn’t have been contingent on the whole Kohl’s thing.

Anyway, to make a long story short, separate from the whole Park Avenue issue, the Planning Board went ahead and gave Kohl’s their extended operating hours and in a pretty awesome move Kohl’s and South Shore Shopping Center agreed to go on the record and say that they would pay for whatever the cost to get the Park Avenue and surrounding streets the “no blocking the intersection” language that they wanted.  Both Kohl’s and South Shore would split the cost $3000 a piece.

That’s teamwork people!

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4 Comments

  1. That’s great of Kohl’s and great for the shopping center to do that. Besides, it’s good business for Kohl’s too b/c people use Otis as an artery to come to the center.

    I think the city really needs to think about traffic and the roads, Alameda wants all these shoppers, but the streets aren’t really made for more cars and heavier traffic. Not saying that we should build more roads what not, but what about enforcing parking hours on Otis street, so that extra lane can open up sooner for rush hour.

    Just a suggestion… they want to possibly shut down a lane on Shoreline for bike paths… rediculous in my opinion that you would REDUCE traffic lanes when you’re trying to attract more people to come to Alameda to shop.

    Comment by hobnob — November 16, 2012 @ 9:19 am

  2. ” well I guess drivers from Park Avenue could pull out and block the intersection themselves.”

    How about the drivers turning left off Otis onto ParK Ave?

    How about the drivers turning left off Park Ave onto Otis? Although this is an Act of Futility

    How about the pedestrian crosswalk on Park Ave and Otis which is blocked by these ‘gridlocking’ cars?

    This is the Vehicle Code

    http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc22526.htm

    Realistically there is very little Traffic Enforcement in Alameda compared to years past due to Budget. There are a lot of problems with this intersection. It became much worst when they installed the turn lanes and new traffic lights at Park Street and Otis. Not being an expert I would suggest changing the sequence of the traffic signals to allow flow of traffic on Otis FIRST then to allow left turns onto Park Street.

    The more serious problem at this intersection is that there is a designated left hand turn lane from Otis onto Park Street. There is also a SEPARATE designated left turn lane from Otis onto Park Ave, Cars coming toward Park Street CONSTANT^LY cheat and use the left hand lane for ParK Ave as an extra lane. I live on Park Ave and the potential of a head on collision is a daily event. This problem could be resolved by using those flexible tubes to show which lane is which.

    Why do people hold agendas hostage in Alameda? Because nobody listens to the real everyday problems anymore.

    Comment by frank — November 16, 2012 @ 12:20 pm

  3. I wanted to point out that kudos should also be given the Public Works department, who received the letter, quickly identified the costs to implement and agreed to do so. Without this work and willingness to respond, there would have been nothing for Kohl’s and South Shore Center to agree to fund.

    Lastly, the community letter was well done, it clearly identified a feasible solution to a real problem, making response quick and easy.

    Comment by jkw — November 16, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

  4. Agree with @jkw. That’s a model of how to point out a problem and suggest a reasonable, concrete solution.

    Comment by Jim Meyer — November 16, 2012 @ 4:30 pm


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