I am a big supporter of small business, yes — even the ones that suck, and I’m always excited to try out new places that are popping up around Apple Valley trying to compete with the “chain mentality” that the rest of Apple Valley’s residents seem to appreciate. Fajita’s Southwest Bar and Grill, one of only two non-chain businesses in the area near the new “Apple Valley Central Village”, wasn’t the best place I had ever eaten (nor did I recommend it to anyone) but it was trying… Trying to succeed in an area destined for failure because of poor planning decisions by Apple Valley’s planning commission.
153rd Street isn’t exactly the most beautiful area, with the fenced off “dead area” where they have two one way streets instead of the one that they used to have. It is usually a difficult area to make a right-turn on red (from 153rd to Galaxie) and the traffic turning towards the Post Office on 153rd from Galaxie can be a nightmare (especially if the traffic around the Post Office is getting backed up). Blah.
So the businesses in the Galaxie Commons Building (Dunn Brothers, Culvers, Eddie Cheng’s, etc) are suffering due to the poor traffic routing and the desire of Apple Valley residents living in the area (me included) to avoid that intersection like the plague.
According to this article which appeared on Thisweek Online:
Dunn Bros. Coffeehouse owners Sheryl and Rick Petersburg have collected over 900 signatures and have been meeting with city officials on the matter. They say their business is fighting for its survival.
With Fajita’s Southwest Bar and Grill already closed, in-part due to the lack of traffic and desire of residents to avoid the area, you would think that Apple Valley’s planners would be listening closely to the cries for help from the other businesses in that strip…
Unfortunately for those businesses and us, the city plans to take no action to change the street to accommodate two-way traffic again.
Thanks Apple Valley! I can’t wait for more traffic to develop in that area as more and more businesses come in and fill up that tiny little area (Central Village). We don’t need another CR-42/Cedar, we really don’t.