Letter: Blake gate solution
With regards to the discussions of City Council to remove the gate at the north parking lot at Wal-Mart to allow through traffic on Blake Avenue we are recommending the following solution:
Move the gate from the north Wal-Mart parking lot to the intersection of 27th Street and Blake.
This will allow overflow parking at Wal-Mart for the BRT station at 27th as well as shorten the Ride Glenwood route to the Roaring Fork Marketplace bus stop.
This solution will also help to minimize additional negative traffic impacts for the residents along Blake Avenue north of 27th Street.
On the other hand, removing the gate closure to Blake altogether would only be a first step in the increasing use of Blake as a secondary traffic artery and alternative to Grand avenue.
Once the gate would be removed, there will undoubtedly be demands to “improve” Blake to accommodate more traffic and to “streamline” the current curves at 23rd and 19th streets. All of this would be highly detrimental to quality of life for the many residents along Blake and neighboring streets and reduce our property values.
As residents of Blake Avenue for the past 18 years, we appreciate and are thankful that Blake during this period has retained its character as an attractive historical and friendly neighborhood.
We therefore urge City Council to protect Blake Avenue neighborhoods and to vote against unrestricted removal of the Wal-Mart gate and instead to consider the limited opening as suggested above.
Gerry and Marja VanderBeek
Editor’s note: City Council has delayed further Blake Avenue traffic study until after Grand Avenue bridge construction is complete.
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