|Proposed new site for IKE Box on Court at Cottage|
|The building set on the corner of Cottage & Court|
|So much administrative sludge!|
Sometimes code looks like it works to improve projects where developers want to cut corners or to make something that does not contribute to the urban fabric.
This looks like an instance where it might actually be working against the project and something that creates additional red tape. All these exceptions look reasonable, even desirable - like they shouldn't be "exceptions" but should be "expectations."
Fortunately, the Staff Report identifies no significant problems and takes a very common-sense approach. So then the question will be if there is citizen complaint about any of it.
|Only two bike racks?|
|The "toast" style wheel-bender in 2012;|
they've since upgraded a little
As for the proposed car parking lot, the Staff Report has a very level-headed assessment:
The proposal is providing 10 new parking spaces; however, the code requires a minimum of 36. The relocation of Ike Box is utilizing the existing building which has been its home since 2004 and is an intrinsic part of the community. The Ike Box currently is located in conjunction with the YMCA and provides no off-street parking for the eating and drinking establishment. The existing building has a basement, which makes it much larger than the building will be once it is moved. The 10 spaces will be an added due to the relocation and will make the parking for the business overall better. Many of the Ike Box’s customers work in the area and walk rather than drive. The new site about 250 feet away will have no impact to their existing customer base as adequate on-street parking is available in this area so customers who do drive will continue to utilize available on street parking in the same manner as they are accustomed.There's also some reasonable reductions in landscaping requirements for the parking lot.
The proposed relocation is just outside of the downtown parking district where no parking would be required for the proposed use. Since the Ike Box will be providing more parking for the current customer base, the proposed development equally meets the intent of the standard.
Altogether, the proposal looks reasonable and the City's analysis looks reasonable. It's a very common-sense approach to interpreting code and the requests for exceptions. Hopefully it will all come together!
Pork for Salem
Buried in HB 5050, there's a good bit of pork for Salem, a couple of them benefiting the YMCA, for which Senator Courtney has been a special patron (not just as customer, but in the older sense of a patron-client relation):
|YMCA and veterans housing|
|Sobering center startup costs|
The last thing isn't specifically for Salem or the Salem-area, but it looks suspiciously like a program aimed to support our struggling sobering center?
It's hard not to think that the fingerprints of Senator Courtney aren't all over these.