My wife and I have been looking forward to a new Taco Johns being built in the area since the last one closed years ago at the former sight of Richard’s Drive-In. For those of you who have moved to the area more recently, this is the current site of El Ranchito Mexican Restaurant.
A number of issues were brought forth regarding the plans for the new Taco Johns. They are interesting as this is the exact piece of property that a Burger King formerly stood upon, so it is difficult to understand why it might be ‘too narrow’.
The proposed Burger King is where Country Kitchen operated for many years, followed by other dining establishments.
A non-creative use of land? What is this alderperson’s proposal to build something else that is ‘more creative’? Where are the investors for this proposal? Another Starbucks?
Not really sure what an ‘Urban Feel ‘ is, and would hope that this would be explained better. I have traveled to 48 of the 50 states and have seen many varieties of the urban experience. At this point in time, barring the removal of most of the businesses from 4th Street to Northpoint Drive, the ability to create some type of ‘Urban Feel’ is unlikely. It is appropriate to deal within the boundaries of what currently exists.
Dangerous for drivers and pedestrians? What are the accident statistics for these exact locations when Burger King was there? When Country Kitchen was there? Have the alders looked at stats for the Highway 10 corridor from Fleet Farm to Highway 39? If there is an access problem anywhere in this city, it is within these boundaries. The new Burger King on Highway 10 seems to have a much higher risk of accidents and this proposal is from the same company for which approval was already granted for that location.
The Division Street corridor study should not impact this decision unless the City is expecting/planning major changes from NorthPoint Drive to McDill Pond. In the meantime, we have many streets in disrepair (Division and CenterPoint being amongst the worst) and developers that are willing to put in tax-paying businesses that actually employ people right now. When you consider this against the blighted areas nearby – the former Kmart building and Cooper Motors (neither of which are going to provide much tax-base for the foreseeable future) it borders the irresponsible to not approve these projects.
As a former business owner of 15+ years (yes – a restaurant) that actually employed people and paid multiple taxes for the privilege, it is a poor decision for these projects not to be approved.