Kk Hutchinson's projects
To Criterion Development I think you are running a well organized project in the throes of the Casey Arborway. I'm not a resident of Orchardhill so my opinion is based on only occasional observance each day. But I think work work is going well.and on time It has been just two years inset I first met the development team. Richard Heath Bourne St
The 300 commuters who formerly used the LAZ lot represented less than 2% of the 15,150 daily boardings at Forest Hills (http://www.mbta.com/uploadedfiles/documents/2014%20BLUEBOOK%2014th%20Edition(1).pdf, page 16). A 2008 passenger survey (http://www.ctps.org/data/pdf/studies/transit/MBTA_Passenger_Survey/Orange_Line_Volume.pdf - the most recent available) estimated that more than 50% of people getting on the Orange Line at Forest Hills arrived at the station by bus (page 127). 30% walked to the station. Park and ride was only 12.8% of total boardings. Putting more mixed income housing near the station (25% of the new units will be low/moderate income) and speeding up bus service through dedicated lanes will allow more people to access the Orange Line.
I would like to further support Margaret's comment as she was not referencing parking for tenants but those who currently use the parking lot for commuting purposes. The reasoning you provided to Jeb that commuters would choose lots further away & increase time on public transit or even move to Forest Hills does not address the issue and frankly seems evasive. Commuters are already using public transit by parking close to the T stop & commuting from there - I think this would only encourage, as Margaret suggests, parking in non-resident zones, or driving all the way into the city, thus eliminating the "environmental benefit". Rent prices in the JP area are continuously increasing, so it seems unlikely to me that many would relocate from more affordable areas based on this given the difference in pricing further from the city.
I would also like the know the proportion of affordable income housing that will be provided in these units - or what planning/consideration is going towards that - and if there will be some form of in-person community meeting scheduled to ensure this new development would meet the needs of families and the community as a whole. I appreciate this online forum for responses well before this project is set, but it is not the most accessible for the entire community.
Speaking as someone who lives in this "transit oriented community", we already have a problem. What about all the people who park there on a daily basis now? 300+ spots are now gone and people will look to public spaces in the neighborhood which ultimately does place a burden on us.
Also, how will I know you're responding to my question?
Also, the UX on this site leaves a lot of be desired (I work in UX).