Open Door Webber Park Proposal
Village code requires 42 spaces be provided at this location due to Open Door’s planned increase of the current building size. The current building has enough parking spaces in accordance with Village Code. Open Door purchased the building fully aware of the Village Code and the resulting requirements and decided to convert 12 parking spaces into additional medical office space. This decision left only 10 very narrow spaces on site and increases the building size from 5,000 square feet to 12,389 square feet. Open Door assumes that most of their clients will walk to the new location. Open Door’s Parking study contained numerous errors: alternate side parking on New Broadway ignored, includes street parking in unrealistic locations etc. and claims that increasing pedestrian volume at their recommended crossing point of RT9/North Broadway to New Broadway from 1 pedestrian to 200 per day would not have a significant impact. Based on Open Door’s Parking study and assuming that 20% more patients will drive because Open Door is moving away from its patients and accounting for the increased size of the Open Door Clinic, we can assume more than 200 cars/ day trying to find parking in the Webber park neighborhood. We are concerned about the very real negative and significant traffic and safety impact for our kids resulting from this increased traffic. Additionally, should a parking variance be granted to this location very real and significant legal challenges to the entire village are likely and would impact our village for years to come: • Previous Owners of this location were denied variances – now with fewer spaces, Open Door would receive better treatment. • Other locations petitioning for parking variances could use this location as an example. • Crossing Guard impact: Open Door would reimburse for the village to employ a crossing guard but would an accident or incident at this intersection increase village liabilities? Yes. Open Door has the financial and organizational means to provide parking in accordance with Village Code. We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge our village boards to deny any parking variance for this location.