A used car dealer whose lot was taken by the city when it widened Santa Rosa Avenue a few years ago cannot relocate his business to a recreational vehicle sales lot just north of Highway 12 because the city is trying to encourage less auto-dependent land uses near downtown.
The sale of the triangular-shaped parcel to Empire Real Estate Holdings completes a controversial deal aimed at creating new Santa Rosa Avenue frontage for the dealership. The obelisk artwork will remain intact – and maintained by the city.
Judy Kennedy, a resident of the Burbank Gardens neighborhood, says the Santa Rosa City Council should have rejected a plan intended to make Santa Rosa Avenue more friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists. The final plan, she says, does not address neighbors’ concerns or include any of the elements they think necessary for liveability and urban sustainability.
A plan to revamp a section of Santa Rosa Avenue to make it more attractive and friendly to cyclists and pedestrians was vilified Tuesday by nearly every member of the Santa Rosa City Council, who then approved it anyway.
Just how committed the Santa Rosa City Council is to getting people out of their cars will be put to the test today when it considers a plan to cut the number of lanes on Santa Rosa Avenue in half to make room for trees, bike lanes and wider sidewalks.