2009-04-30 / Letters to the Editor

Parking an issue at new bakery site

Were the Planning Commission, Zoning Board and Town Council sleeping when they approved the changes to the Village Hearth bakery?

Last Friday morning, the bakery reopened after its renovation at the same time that the kids at the Melrose and Lawn Avenue Schools were walking to school.

There is no designated parking on either side of the street at that location and children were biking and walking down the road only to have to jump out of the way to avoid being run over by cars so people could have their coffee and pastry.

The crosswalk for the school kids to cross North Main Road is at that exact location, creating a very unsafe situation. There is not a sidewalk, nor any place for the kids to walk with the new landscaping in front of the building.

According to a July 31, 2008 article in the Jamestown Press about the zoning board approving the issue, the bakery said they were not planning to change their menu, but the menu is greatly expanded attracting even more business to a place that already has limited parking.

How about holding the business to what they proposed and also making them add sidewalks, per planner Lisa Bryer's suggestion (Jamestown Press, January 24, 2008). Either that or have the business be only open on Saturday and Sunday when school is in session. We are putting our kids in danger and nobody stopped to consider that. Carol Martinez Jamestown

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