“It’s a serious concern. As we’re trying to attract new residents, are we also protecting the ones already here?”
Travis Williams, the Penguins’ chief operating officer, says addressing the community’s concerns is a central tenet of the development’s plan and why a Community Collaboration and Implementation Plan (CCIP) was created. Where the PLDP and the SDP are the vision and legal documents for the site, the CCIP creates a structure for collaboration between the Hill District community, other stakeholders, and the Penguins.
“The fact that we’ve collaborated and built those relationships already I think is a great start and I think they will only continue to build and get better as we bring wins, if you will, to the community.”
Oh, and parking’s going to be very different.
Housing is crucial. Jobs are crucial. Displacement is serious.
One of the lighter notes to come out of Monday’s meeting is how parking will change. Currently, there are 3,000 available parking spaces on the surface lots at the site and Cynthia Jampole, a principal of Trans Associates, says many of those commuter spots will no longer exist.
“There will have to be a change in travel patterns for the people who are coming to the site. That’s without doubt. It’s an urban solution, this isn’t one of the outlying communities…where you simply pave more stuff.”
The next public meeting will be held on Oct. 27 at 5:30pm in the Kauffman Auditorium next to the Hill House. The Planning Commission Briefing will take place Nov. 4 at 1:30 pm at 200 Ross Street. The public is welcome. Full documents regarding the project and its process can be found here.