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From: domainremoved <John>
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2018 16:23:30 -0700

Dear Council -
  I’d like a Downtown movie venue greatly. But I’m skeptical our city can manage its creation and operation with success. Cities are not equipped to be retail partners. We did poorly in our support for the M-A theatre.
   It could be that by providing a site at a low lease rate that we can attract a movie vendor to run it. But how do we know it will be successful enough that they want to stay? What happens to the site if it doesn’t meet goals? Who on staff or council is capable of such responsibility and management?
   Theatre or ground-floor retail needs its own parking too. That takes away from the parking intended to facilitate Downtown development or may make it much more expensive per stall.
    Hence the numbers need to be crunched along with parking goals leaving retail/movie aside. Then these options can be added in to see the changes, especially in terms of Downtown development , net new parking and costs.
   Housing as another add-on can be similarly analyzed. Clearly housing on the top alone will involve extra costs compared to orthodox sites. It’s also worth recalling that Chuck Kinney and Sam Sinnott proposed above-garage development when the Specific Plan was discussed, and the idea was rejected at that time. What’s changed, and what was thought at that time?
      The tentative Guild venue also will have its own parking challenge. What is that plan and how does it relate to a possible garage? Does it have priority of some kind? What policy will guide that private-public process? We need answers and not just enthusiasm.
   Finally, given the problems we face with congestion and the development in process on El Camino Real, it’s essential that we revisit our Downtown goals. We’ve followed an autocentric development path which is now being questioned by residents. The ‘need’ for more cars and parking Downtown should not be taken at face value.
   John Kadvany / College Ave.
Received on Mon Apr 16 2018 - 16:25:18 PDT

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