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!