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Published: Tuesday, March 25 2014 3:05 p.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

100 open spaces on neighboring streets...

Except when the Zion Lutheran church has an activity...
Or when the Library has community council, a concert, or other civic events...
Or when there's school at the U...or a game, or event...

Unless Mr. Jones can BUILD a parking garage (like other businesses in the area have done to alleviate the lack of space) he's probably out of luck. This area is heavily residential, and other businesses have limited, if any parking, as a result.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

If he has 17 parking spaces available, allow him to have 17 patrons in his restaurant at a time.

Salt Lake City, UT

Foothill Village is an 8-iron away from the proposed location. Foothill Village has MacCool's Public House which is an Irish pub and eatery. Same residential area. It's silly to not allow this establishment to open.

Salt Lake City, UT

That intersection is a major problem in the winter months with the gentle slope and the narrowing of the lanes.....tell him to move to an area that won't pose a safety concern.

Far East USA, SC

"Unless Mr. Jones can BUILD a parking garage (like other businesses in the area have done"

Except for the ones who didn't, such as

the Zion Lutheran church
the Library
Or the U...when there is school, or a game, or event..

So, I guess these other entities have first dibs on street parking?

Let me guess. They don't serve alcohol.

Salt Lake City, UT

JoeBlow, the library, church, and the U are NOT businesses. However, the U is building a parking garage, just to keep you informed.

Foothill Village is the collection of businesses that built additional parking in this area.

It's common sense to have sufficient parking to accommodate business needs. This area, besides being highly residential, simply can't handle another high-traffic restaurant without causing traffic, parking, and other issues (which the residents have been very vocal about in their opposition).

The smart thing for Mr. Jones would be to relocate his restaurant to a less residential area - there are plenty of options available throughout the valley where he would have high traffic and demand.

Salt Lake City, Utah

@ chilly: Foothill Village has a lot of parking - including a parking garage - it is hardly an equal comparison to say that since a place with sufficient parking has a restaurant a place with insufficient parking should also be allowed to have a restaurant.

@ JoeBlow: I don't think it is unreasonable for the area residents to say that the area gets busy enough as is, they don't want something there that is going to cause parking in front of their houses every day. (And I am fairly sure the U serves alcohol at games.)

The owner talks about "another 100" parking spaces on nearby streets - but how many of those are actually available spaces without causing problems for people who live in the area? How many of those spaces are currently being utilized by other organizations or businesses in the area? (And yes, businesses and organizations that are already there should have priority consideration in determining if there is enough space for a new business.) Are restaurant patrons going to be able to use those 100 spots safely, or will they be expected to endanger their lives crossing busy streets to get to his business?

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