After hearing feedback from businesses along Broadmoor Street earlier this year, Mission staff and Olsson & Associates came back with alternative plans for the reconstruction project, which they presented at a public meeting Thursday.
Emily Randel, public information officer for Mission, said the revised design for the section of Broadmoor between Johnson Drive and Martway Street focuses on creating more continuous sidewalks to improve pedestrian access.
“It also ‘cleans up’ the corners at Broadmoor and Johnson Drive where cut-through traffic causes concern and where a fire hydrant is located in the middle of an existing sidewalk,” Randel said, adding that there may still be future changes from the latest design.
John Belger, public works director, said the businesses along Broadmoor Street won’t lose any parking spaces. Rather, the redesign will narrow street in order to make room for green space and sidewalks. Belger said 50 percent of construction costs will be funded by Johnson County’s CARS 2019-2023.
“Both of these concepts are proposals at this stage and nothing is set in stone,” Belger said. “We wanted to get feedback on both last night.”
Randel said the original design was trying to bring all of the properties into compliance with the city’s existing codes on parking lot standards, sidewalks, widths of commercial driveways and distance between driveways.
“We tried to listen to feedback from the property owners to adjust the improvements to better match up with existing uses (or) needs while providing flexibility to change in the future as properties may turn over,” Randel said. “While we aren’t making big strides to bring properties into compliance, we aren’t making the current situation worse.”
The redesign adds sidewalks and/or ramps compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act to the front of the following businesses: Mission Animal Clinic, Planet Sub and Headless Hands, Discount Sales Outlet and Mission Petmart.
The redesign also replaces on-street parking with green space and sidewalk for the following businesses:
- KH Automotive losing two on-street parking spaces
- Susan Laing DDS losing three on-street parking spaces
- Planet Sub and Headless Hands losing five on-street parking spaces