The news of a Jimmy John's being approved to be built at 923 Broadway Blvd. is against the Greater Downtown Area Plan for several reasons. (Download a PDF of the GDAP)
- It violates the integrity of a registered historic district. Downtown's historic assets part of what makes the City attractive, livable, and competitive, and we erode this with pad site drive-thrus.
- The City's recent zoning update specifically discourages auto-oriented uses in the downtown. This is a direct undermining of the City's land use policy goals.
- The City is in the process of adopting and modifying policies to make the Streetcar TDD more transit-supportive. This is a good idea in general, but also because supportive land use policies and development are criteria that are a consideration for federal funding. We removed parking requirements, assessed surface parking, and other actions to support high density, transit-oriented development, and an auto-oriented drive through is certainly not the highest and best use for this site within the Streetcar TDD.
- It would not create a walkable downtown. Auto oriented uses are not supportive of a walkable downtown.
- It would not help to double the downtown population. Fast food pad site drive-thrus do not represent the highest and best use, and do not add needed density.
- It would not retain and promote safe, authentic neighborhoods. This proposal directly undermines the authenticity and historic character of the surrounding Historic Garment District
- It would not promote sustainability. Auto-oriented uses are not compatible with the multi-modal policies and urban development strategies that the City has been pursuing to support a more sustainable region.
- It would not increase employment downtown. Pad site fast food does not build the thriving economic base that downtown needs to compete in the 21st century. There is a need for retail and services, but this design and this site are not appropriate.
**Previous information noted DST as the current building owner which is incorrect. We apologize for the misinformation.
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