Robert Bush 9 a.m., March 29
Residents In Little Italy Oppose Bus Parking Lot In Community
Residents in Little Italy are asking that SANDAG scrap plans to build a short term bus parking lot in their community. The short-term wait-station, proposed for the corner of Ash Street and Kettner Boulevard, would serve as a place where public transit vehicles can park in between downtown runs
The site would open at 4:00 am and close at 1:00 am. SANDAG estimates 18 buses will use the site during off-peak hours; 35 during morning and evening rush hours.
Anne MacMillan Eichman, president of the Little Italy Residents Association, is leading the charge against the proposal. The association, with over 170 residents, has urged SANDAG to reconsider the proposal, possibly moving the wait-station to an industrial area to minimize the environmental and aesthetic impacts.
The group is now asking city councilmembers to step in and dissuade SANDAG from moving forward with the proposal.
"Downtown is our neighborhood," MacMillan-Eichman told councilmembers at a city council hearing today.
"I don't have to tell you the amount of waste it creates and the visual blight. This simply doesn't make sense. How does inviting blight of a giant bus lot improve the image of our downtown?"
SANDAG plans to release the necessary environmental documents in coming months and hopes to complete the project sometime this year.