High volume retail not a good fit for Bayview


Re: proposed rezoning compromise on Steveston waterfront between the city and Onni.

A library, daycare, etc. on the waterfront would be positive developments. However, some retail uses would cause major problems.

At one open house held by Onni, a Nesters representative was extolling the virtues of locals being able to grocery shop by walking to their store.  Having worked in the business, I pointed out that it is high volume, low margin and would bring large numbers of grocery shoppers to Bayview, most of whom would be driving. The increase in traffic and parking problems would be horrific, to the detriment of local residents and current village businesses.  Other major grocery stores in Richmond at Seafair, Broadmoor, Terra Nova, etc. all provide large amounts of off-street parking for customers.  Bayview parking is extremely limited.

Deliveries to large retailers would entail unloading, etc. on Bayview, a stone’s throw from residences, with noise at all hours of the day and night: truck engines, backing beepers, power tailgates, lifts, refrigeration and even banging from emptying dumpsters. This will be an issue for folks living nearby.

I urge the city to include sensible restrictions in any rezoning, to minimize these and other problems with high volume retailers on the waterfront.  We should not have a supermarket there. A more appropriate location would be on west Chatham, with lots of off-street parking.

And please also mark me down as being opposed to permitting noisy late-night bars and bistros.

We live here.

R. Craig Hansen


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