Comments by northparkrick

New and Improved Jack In The Box For North Park Moving Forward

Anybody that seriously looks at the proposed plans for this project will start listing problems immediately, and just keep listing them. Hey Mr. Luscombe, of course "company representatives feel the project will enhance the area" --none of them live near this location, and it's doubtful whether any of them have ever even driven by. Throughout the past two years, the very few meetings anybody associated with Jack in the Box have had with neighbors have only resulted in the Jack crew digging in their heels and not making even ONE concession to the concerns or complaints of the neighbors. The very minimal changes made to their plans have been ones the City has required them to do (and so far, that's not many). A silent order confirmation board??? Puh-leeeze!!! Nobody is suggesting that a pretty new, albeit 'typical stucco box' with some added ornamentation wouldn't be better than the dismal premises that sits there now, but the City has actually done some smart things since the early '60's when Jack opened his box at this location. They're called Municipal Code, Land Use Plan, Community Plan, and Zoning regulations. Check them out, they make a lot of sense for a community where commercial areas abut single family homes, and they were enacted to protect those residents who live in those homes. And by the way, we now know you only have 7 more years on your lease, with the option of 4 - five year renewals, so your veiled threats that if you don't get your way, we'll have to look at your nasty existing building for "many more years" is just another manipulative effort to make the neighbors cave...Your current facility is so out of date that it's unlikely that you will even remain for those seven years and operate with such limited conditions. You simply could not meet a twenty-first century demand with a twentieth century technology. You are welcome to build anything you want on that lot. There is nobody in North Park that wouldn't love to see a new facility there. But you have to play by the rules like the rest of us. Throwing lots of money at the powers that be may get you some special favors, but there is a huge groundswell of residents, both nearby and throughout the community that know the laws that exist, and are demanding they be enforced. By tearing down the existing building, you go back to square one, just like you never had been there at all. What you are proposing is simply not allowed at that location under existing laws. You have given the residents no concessions or compromises to their concerns or requests. Now we are insisting you follow the rules. Period. They are laws, not suggestions. And the City needs to stand by the laws they have enacted, regardless of how much money you have given to good causes.
— May 22, 2012 12:26 a.m.

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