Are any pedestrian ways above or below ground being considered to connect the Pine Curve development to the rest of Main Street besides typical crosswalks? We cross in that area quite a bit now to get to Main Street and it occurred to us this weekend that once development starts on the curve, a lot more people are probably going to want to cross over.
We have not made any decisions to enhancements to pedestrian connections to Pine Curve. Any changes will be made at the time of development when we have specific development plans. The two access points into the site will be signalized with crosswalks.
What about the traffic? I live in the south west corner of Parker North. Driving or walking the Mainstreet area is a pain with the heavy traffic and street parking on Longs Way and Victorian Drive. All of the projects fail to adequately address the heavy Mainstreet vehicle traffic in the area, which will be worse with any of these projects. Real 'street views' should have included the heavy, if not gridlocked traffic that will be on Mainstreet and Pine Drive. Both of the Victorian Drive/Mainstreet intersections already need traffic lights. Mainstreet and Parker Road is a choke-point every weekday at rush hour and on weekends, often backing up to and past the western Victorian Drive intersection. The parking solutions are very unrealistic and will reduce the success of any retail operation. Event parking now extends well into the Parker North neighborhood, and parking at O'Brien Park fills up fast on weekends now. At a minimum, turn site 'A' into a parking lot for current needs, and provide open space for events, and reduce the size of site 'C' to include more parking along Mainstreet to serve the rest of site 'C' and site 'B'. It's about the traffic and parking. What ever is decided, if traffic and parking keep being ignored, any project, and Downtown Parker, will suffer badly.
The traffic impacts of potential development on
the My Mainstreet properties will be analyzed with any project application. All
roadway improvements necessary to accommodate the additional traffic will be
required to be constructed or funded as part of any development.
I reviewed the Pine Curve options and wonder a few things. 1) why are there no views from the street-to see the design ideas, feel of the area, etc. 2) Surprised to see a grocery store mentioned as it seems all the comments I've heard have been negative about anything like a grocery store-small or not. And while I'm wondering, what kind of smaller grocery store are you thinking of-King Soopers marketplace? Whole Foods? Another Sprouts? All are still large box stores, not stores that fit a transitional area between downtown and residential 3) The buffer zone between townhomes and existing homes looks small...what exactly is that plan? 4) will all residential be either townhomes and condos? NOT apartments? 5) it seems a lot of the space is dedicated to parking and really not enough to parks/greenspace. Will it feel like a walking area or a car destination area?
Considering the angst the community feels about Pine Curve I think more thought needs to be put into that particular location-and more detail offered to the community.
Thank you for your questions. For clarification purposes these are conceptual layouts and show how these sites could be developed.
The answers are as follows:
1. Due to the size of the Pine Curve site including the number of buildings on the site layouts, the cost of have more detailed design is very expensive. To maintain the approved project budget for My Mainstreet we had to make the decision to have site layout drawings done for Pine Curve.
2. The end user of a small grocery store has not been determined at this point. The need of a small 30,000-40,000 square foot grocer was determined from the economic market analysis conducted for the sites. You can find the detailed market analysis here: https://www.letstalkparker.org/my-mainstreet/documents
3. The buffer zone between the houses is estimated to be 50ft. wide. The exact design will be determined at the actual development of the property.
4. We can not determine without a developer about the townhouses or condos being owner occupied. There are still limitations due to Colorado State Laws on Construction Defects that are limiting owner occupied condo development across the state.
5. We are balancing the public's request for more parking and parks. The final development plan will have to meet both the parking and landscaping requirements as required by the zoning documents in Downtown Parker.
There is not nearly enough parking for all the things you are suggesting g for Mainstreet Parker. Why not have some underground parking? By putting something on every square inch of downtown, you are making it extremely difficult to have acces to the library, Pace, and anything else you put there because of limited roads to the area!
All of the developments will be required to build parking to the Town's parking standards. The Town is currently in the process of updating the Downtown parking standards you can find more information about the parking standards here http://www.parkeronline.org/2047/Downtown-Parking-Study-and-Plan-Implemen
In regards to the underground parking question, we are not prohibiting any development from putting in underground parking. However the costs of underground parking are extremely high and that cost is typically what prevents underground parking from being built.
The estimates for parking types are:
- Surface Parking - per stall $10,000-$15,000
- Garage/Structure Parking - per stall $25,000-$30,000
- Underground Parking - per stall over $50,000 - the price can increase dramatically due to soil conditions, depth of water table and drainage requirements.
Why are you only allowing one choice when answering the quick poll for how to gather input from the community..............
The system does not have a setting which allows respondents to submit more than one option. You may submit multiple times for each option you wish to select.