Shoppes meeting Feb. 4
Developer, residents seek solution on 2nd access

       A second neighborhood meeting on the proposed Shoppes at Bear Creek Plaza expansion northeast of Eighth Street and Highway 24 will be Wednesday, Feb. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m.
       The location will be the West Intergenerational Center; 25 N. 20th St.
       The key issue, which emerged from the first meeting in December, is the proposal to create a second access by extending Seventh Street into the Shoppes parking lot. Residents of the nearby West Bluff neighborhood object to the idea because of the extra traffic it would cause.
       The only access to the 2.4-acre property now is a right-in/right-out at Eighth Street. The center has a recently remodeled 10,000-square-foot commercial building, with two of its three units leased. The submittal to the city requests approval for another building that size, the Seventh Street access and underground tanks so the 7- Eleven's can sell gas.
       Byron Glenn, representing the ownership group (local investors doing business as Shoppes at Bear Creek Plaza LLC), said this week that he is “working on alternative traffic ideas,” but had nothing concrete to report on yet. “I hope to have some positive things at the meeting…. We're trying to make this work for everyone.”
       West Bluff resident Sean Chambers said he wants to see “a comprehensive small-area traffic-flow plan and a well vetted access solution that benefits the area's business district/ proposed shopping center development and that maintains the public safety and integrity of our residential West Bluff neighborhood.”

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