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Re: “Two views of ever-changing Hillsborough Street

Interesting comments. My name is Chuck Grantham and I own buildings on HB Street. I embrace change, b ut only good change. One poster above suggested the author of the article attend meetings so that he has the construction time period of four years straight.....the author does, in fact, have it straight.....Phase Two will take 15 months (not 18) , BUT phase III will come back, whack merchants again so the net effect is four years......It is the contention of a majority of property owners in Phase II and Phase III
that both should be done at the same time.

Next, I would argue that Mr. Blumenfeld statement that foot traffic will benefit everyone is a huge assumption. Businesses need more than students on bicycles and greater numbers living in high rise
apartments if you want a vibrant, revitalized street. ....The street must remain a conduit for outsiders to come in, shop, dart and visit. If this conduit
is restricted, the outsiders will stop and you will have a dystopic commercial situation wrapped up in a streets cape dream. .....empty spaces because commercial ventures can't make ends meet...

So, what it the issue.....the city is removing the left turn lane, replacing it with a median and two bicycle lanes.....sounds great and conforms to their stated purpose of a "traffic diet." But, this will remove the incentive for outsiders to visit (Ah, let's go to Ridgewood for lunch, Hillsborough Street is a pain) and you will very possible wind up with pizza joints, tee shirt shops, ext.....student fare.....It is our contention that
this third lane is critical to allow traffic flows.

As indicated, I own buildings there, so have a dog in this fight. I am there every day and have been for many years, so have some fairly good thoughts about the situation...I, obviously want the street to thrive, but
have serious, serious questions.....We do not want another Fayetteville Street Mall...

I will be happy to discuss this issue with anyone, but only in a thoughtful and equaniminitous way.

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Posted by on 10/20/2014 at 12:42 PM

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