Promenade Restaurateur Explains Why Parking Structure 3 Matters
February 17, 2022
"Our business is currently off by over 50%. I can't imagine how much this will hurt us going forward…"
By David Houston, Owner, Barneys Beanery.
First of all, thank you (to DTSM) for all your help during these last two years of the pandemic. Unfortunately, we have now been dealt another business threatening blow by the city. We've been notified that the city intends to demo parking lot 3 and rebuild it as a homeless structure. This will be devastating to our business as well as every other business on 3rd Street Promenade.
First of all, this takes away the primary parking location for most of our customers and staff. Secondly, parking structure 3 houses all our trash bins. The city is telling us to cart our trash several blocks, across main streets and through crowds of people to a trash site on 2nd Street. Obviously, this is unworkable.
Finally, the biggest complaint we receive from our customers and staff is the over abundance of homeless people in the area. Free housing will only attract more homeless as it has done throughout the city where ever this has been tried.
Our business is currently off by over 50%. I can't imagine how much this will hurt us going forward. You've been a great landlord to us for nearly 20 years now, and I know this is not your fault, but any help you could provide would be appreciated.
Thanks, David Houston Owner, Barneys Beanery.