More High Density Housing In Golden Valley
By Andrew Richter
Here’s a great example of how cities don’t listen
From the December 21 edition of the Golden Valley Patch;
An apartment and senior living facility proposed to be constructed near Circle Down will cause more than 2,000 cars a day to use a neighborhood road, which residents are not happy about.
Why do our planners think every senior will want to live in one of these places?
Basketball court, bike shop, and bike storage for seniors????
“We’ve read every letter and every email,” Globus said, referring to neighborhood worries about increased traffic and noise. “We take it seriously.”
In order to address concerns about flow of traffic, Globus outlined changes including two parking garage entry points, a new entrance road that would eliminate bright headlights shining on homes in the area and increased green space. But traffic consultant Mike Kotila said that the traffic on Circle Down probably can’t be mitigated. Kotila said that 2,300 cars a day would use Circle Down to access the site.
“It’s a large magnitude of cars, but it’s not unheard of on other streets in Golden Valley,” Kotila told councilmembers. “Regent Avenue north of Golden Valley Road carries over 2,000 cars and does operate safely. But that doesn’t address neighbor’s concerns of livability.” Livability is a direct concern of one Circle Down neighbor Bernadine Fox.
“Our bedrooms go right up against that parking lot. Our quality of life is going to change dramatically,” Fox said. “We will not be able to sell our home. I feel bad for the young people, but I would like the city council to use their power for our benefit. You have power, do you have heart?”
Neighbor Gina Cesaretti worries about the future of her 4 and 6-year-old children, and how they will learn to ride their bikes on Circle Down with the addition of 2,300 cars a day. “This will be a violent change to our neighborhood,” Cesaretti said. “Traffic is a big issue.”
Mayor Shep Harris said that he understands the traffic concerns, but wants to see housing come to the area, rather than commercial developments. “My fear is that if we put commercial development here, we’d be competing with West End, and I don’t know that we’d be successful,” Harris said. “I applaud Mr. Globus and I appreciate the fact that he’s tried to accomodate the residents.”
What an idiot! Competing with the west end? What’s wrong with competition and who are you to force a certain kind of development there Mr. Mayor?
Well, there’s been an update;
The apartment and senior housing complex won approval from Golden Valley’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority. Golden Valley’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority signed off on the Three.Nine.Four apartment and senior housing complex last week, the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal reported.
Isn’t the Housing and Redevelopment authority the same as the council? How often do they disagree?
Who listens to citizens?
Developers have been working with the City of Golden Valley on this project for about five years, according to council documents. Plans will go to the City Council late June or July. Groundbreaking is expected in the fall.
Way to represent the people Golden Valley!!!