This letter concerns the planned unit development on the Sergeant Jasper property on Broad Street and the meeting held last week.
Mike Seekings’ presentation concerned zoning laws but also discussed the developer’s plans. These plans call for 700 parking spaces, 454 apartments, a parking deck, three massive buildings, and a 35,000-square-foot grocery store (which might be open 24 hours a day).
It was stated that a traffic study had been done. Did it include rush hour traffic between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.?
I was on Lockwood Drive recently at this time of day, and the traffic was backed up and not moving at all for approximately 30-40 minutes. It wasn’t raining or flooding, which would have made it worse.
I don’t see how this area can handle another 700 cars plus 100 cars at the grocery store. It seems impossible. Also, we want to be sure that the developer follows the prescribed process for approval. That’s why we have a Planning Commission and BAR.
I understand that there will be changes in this area, but I feel this proposal will be too dense, not enough green space, and a traffic nightmare.