Bound to be lost in the upcoming council discussion over staff’s proposal to relax an old parking covenant in the Alameda/Riverside Drive area is that the City of Burbank actually once required these spaces in order to relieve the parking strain on the surrounding neighborhood.
Sure it was the 1960s, and of course the original subject business is long gone. But TL is more crowded than ever, and the replacement businesses on that old property still have a need for non-public-interfering offstreet parking. Perhaps greater.
This whole situation raises an interesting question. Do any of those “Greene” replacement businesses know that their property owner has always had the right to allow their employees, clients, and customers to park on the adjacent property because of this old covenant? So are they? Or do they park on the street instead.
If so, this is not good– and it also shows how much more conscientious the city was 50 years ago in seeing to it that our TL businesses provided enough parking on their own.
Which it should do still. Our current city council needs to have the adjacent property owner maintain this old unreleased covenant for his neighbors, and then make them use it. This is a great opportunity for them to make sure that there are at least five or six cars that don’t need to be on the street somewhere bothering the neighborhood. We also don’t follow this historical rendition too well when it comes to the supposed mutual understanding about the covenant itself, or the agreed-upon missing release from 1969, at least with the way staff tries to play it all off in their report. Too many unanswered questions.
Of course, being that this is the new Burbank, we can already hear some of our council members now. “Well, if the two businesses are ok with this change, then who are we to get in the way…?
“It’s fine with me…
They’d be missing the point. It’s not between businesses. It’s between businesses and neighborhoods.