Golden Road Biergarden: Not a Good Plan
Anheuser Busch InBev is proposing a 7000 square foot beer manufacturing facility and beer garden on 40th street near Broadway in North Oakland called "Golden Road".
As residents of the neighborhoods surrounding the proposed beer garden, we would be directly affected by the noise, traffic, parking issues and potential problems caused by this business. Please support us with your signature in commenting on the plans and questioning whether Golden Road is a good fit for the location and neighborhood.
150 signatures were submitted to City Planner Rebecca Lind on Monday 4/3. We will continue to collect signatures and comments to present to city officials.
Want to help us organize? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org!
View the plans here:https://www.scribd.com/document/343722496/Golden-R...
We the undersigned are writing in comment on the proposed 7000 square foot beer house and manufacturing facility made from shipping containers to be built at 320, 322 and (330--address in question) 40th Street, case file # PLN17004.
Residents surrounding the site would have noise entering their homes from the business. A 6 foot surrounding wooden fence and a 3.5 foot “transparent barrier” proposed in the front of the business are not sufficient to block noise from the street or nearby homes. If the business features live/amplified music, or large screen televisions, the noise will carry into the homes, backyards and windows of nearby residents, along with sounds of loud conversations. There is no effort in the design to mitigate noise. Based upon experiences of residents in the area, customers will likely be lingering and talking loudly on the sidewalk late at night . The proposed hours of operation are from 7am-1am Sun-Wed 7am-2am Th-Sat meaning that noise of operations will be occur up to 19 hours per day.
The business would generate large quantities of recyclables and garbage. The noise of garbage trucks and trash, bottles and cans being dumped in early morning hours will create a near 24-hour generation of noise. Finally, how would cleaning be performed? With leaf blowers, or other loud machines? This adds to the noise level.
PARKING AND TRAFFIC:
The business is requesting a waiver of the 5-parking space requirement. Parking is already scarce due to Kaiser Permanente and businesses located on 40th and on Broadway. Valet parking would not work on 40th street due to the bus stop in front of the proposed site. Patrons driving around looking for parking will add to traffic congestion, pollution and noise. Drivers who may be inebriated may increase accidents on 40th street and on Broadway. The intersections of 40th and Broadway and of 40th and Manila are already the sites of frequent accidents.
There is a bus stop directly in front of the location of the proposed business. What will prevent drivers from dropping off and picking up patrons at the bus stop, interfering with the operation of city bus lines?
FUTURE RESIDENTS: A 47-unit condo structure is being built less than 100 yards away, overlooking the site. Its future residents will also be affected by the noise, parking, and traffic issues.
ODOR: The manufacturing facility will most likely produce a strong smell. What efforts, if any, will be made to mitigate the effect of the smell on nearby residents?
ALCOHOL CONTROL: A large business producing/serving mainly alcohol will affect quality of life in the neighborhood. Litter, loitering and public inebriation will most likely increase. Possibly, patrons may use the surrounding areas as toilets. The bus stop in front of the site is a major bus transfer point for Oakland Tech High School students. Given the low fence height and outdoor alcohol consumption, what security will be in place and what efforts will be made to prevent underage students from entering the business?
NOT LOCALLY OWNED: The facility will be designed, built and managed by a major corporation, Anhauser Busch. Our city is already gentrifying quickly. All the businesses in the block surrounding the proposed beer manufacturing facility are locally owned. Introduction of a corporate-owned business will change the neighborhood. It is out of place in this environment.
OUR REQUEST: We request that the City of Oakland and the developer hold a well-publicized community hearing at a time and location convenient to residents of the neighborhood--perhaps in a room at Kaiser Permanente Fabiola or 3600 Broadway, both of which offer rooms for free community meetings, on a weekday evening or weekend--to answer community questions and address our concerns.
- April 10
- We have hit over 230 signatures--shooting for 250 or more before 4 pm tomorrow when names and comments will be emailed to members of City Council and the Planning Commission. Keep sharing with friends and neighbors and help us hit our goal! Thanks for your participation! show more
- April 6
- We're now at over 200 signatures! Let's keep the momentum going! Please share with your neighbors and friends, and email us at email@example.com to be part of ongoing organization against this project. We are in for the long haul and this petition is just the beginning. The organizer was interviewed by KPIX yesterday, along with Nico from Hog's Apothecary on 40th, about the impact this project will have on the neighborhood and on locally-owned breweries--essentially, Anheuser Busch engages in "pay-to-play", where they pay for "product exclusivity" at bars and clubs, pushing small brewers out. Read more here: http://seattle.eater.com/2016/5/18/11703014/anheuser-busch-liquor-law-violation-seattle-showbox Thanks for your support everyone! Keep strong..... show more
- April 4
- Exciting news--the organizer is being interviewed by KPIX5 in front of the site tomorrow at noon. She plans on hitting key talking points like supporting local business over major corporations and the impact this business will have on our neighborhood, as well as better choices for the site. Also--we now have two volunteers to help flyer the neighborhood. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help flyer and petition the neighborhood over the next week--even hitting one block can make a difference! show more
- April 4
- 150 signatures were submitted to Rebecca Lund today thanks to you all! We're keeping the petition open until 4/10 to keep collecting signatures and submitting them to Dan Kalb and other city officials. Door to door flyering was a very effective way of getting the word out in our neighborhood. If you are able to help flyer in Temescal, Mosswood, and the Broadway area over the next week, please email us at email@example.com. Your help is greatly appreciated! show more
- April 3
- Time's getting short! We have 148 signatures and less than half an hour to go before we close the petition and email the results to City Planner Rebecca Lind. Let the community decide what we want to happen in our neighborhood--please share with your neighbors and friends. Let's bring the signature count to an even 150, or more! show more
- April 3
- Hello again--our apologies again. Rebecca's correct email IS firstname.lastname@example.org. Please address any additional concerns directly to her. Thanks and please keep sharing with your community! We have until 3 pm. show more
- April 3
- Hi everyone and thank you for signing! We plan on closing the petition at 3 pm so we can deliver the signatures and comments digitally to Rebecca Lind, the city planner, before 5. We will also be emailing them to District 1 Councilman Dan Kalb, City Planning and Building director, Darin Ranelletti and zoning manager, Scott Miller. Also--- we apologize, we incorrectly listed Rebecca Lind's email address if you wish to contact her directly. The correct address is email@example.com. show more
- April 3
- Thank you everyone who signed and commented in the last 24 hours. We've added almost 50 signatures since last night! New information--we discovered that the max planned capacity of Golden Road is 175 patrons. This will bring much more traffic and need for parking in the area--add that to the two new condo developments which are going in within 1 block of this intersection which will not be providing sufficient parking for their own tenants. Golden Road is claiming that the lack of parking will not adversely affect the character, liveability, or development of the surrounding area--an alternative fact if ever there was one! Please help us bring our total signature count up to 150 or more before our deadline of 3 pm Monday by sharing with 3 neighbors and 3 members of your local community. Let's show the city that we have a voice and we will use it! show more
- April 2
- We now have over 100 signatures! Thank you everyone for your support! Let's shoot for 150 or 200 by end of day today....please share with 3 or more of your neighbors and friends, particularly near the 40th and Broadway intersection, Mosswood and Lower Temscal.....let the city know that we have concerns about this major corporate development moving into our area and the effects it will have! show more
- April 2
- Over 30 more signatures in 6 hours, we now have over 80! How did we add so many new sigs? The organizer went door to door in her neighborhood putting leaflets in mailboxes and under front doors. She also messaged communities directly on Facebook. You can do similar boots on the ground organizing by downloading, printing and distributing the petition here: https://www.scribd.com/document/343755019/Petition-and-comments-on-Golden-Road-Bierg Let's get 20 more signatures by end of day today--please post it on your FB page, share via email with your local community, tell your neighbors! We need Oakland residents in the area of 40th and Broadway in particular to respond to this issue which will have the most impact with the city. show more
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