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Red Phone: Safety needed on 6th Street

I have noticed there are grading stakes located throughout a
previously farmed field near Luchessa Avenue and Monterey Street
behind the old Suburban Propane location. Who is building here and
what are they building?

“I have noticed there are grading stakes located throughout a previously farmed field near Luchessa Avenue and Monterey Street behind the old Suburban Propane location. Who is building here and what are they building?”

Red Phone: Dear What’s Going On, Not too much is going on there just yet. The area you are referring to is the Oak Creek project, which would consist primarily of single-family homes and condominiums, said City Planner Melissa Durkin.

The project has been in the planning stages for a few years, she said. The developer, Giacalone McDermott Management, hopes to bring a proposal to the Planning Commission in January, but Durkin said it may not be until February or March that they are able to get everything together.

The grading stakes you mentioned were placed by the developer who wants to get a better topographic survey of the property to confirm a less accurate aerial survey, said Rick Smelser, Gilroy’s operations services manager.

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A reminder not to block alleys

Red Phone has received several calls from residents who are concerned about people blocking alleys or cul-de-sacs. During a recent Neighborhood Traffic Safety Committee meeting police held regarding the traffic concerns in the Welburn Avenue corridor, residents said they did not know the rules of parking in cul-de-sacs, said Gilroy Police Sgt. Wes Stanford.

“Specifically, members of our community should be aware that the Vehicle Code requires that drivers park their vehicle(s) with both of their tires no more than 18 inches from the curb,” Stanford said in an e-mail. “This prohibits drivers from parking their vehicle(s) nose first or backwards in cul-de-sacs. As you know, there are many narrow streets, alleyways and cul-de-sacs within our community.”

Blocking the already narrow spaces makes it tough in case of emergencies.

“At times, police (and much larger fire department) vehicles may have a difficult time maneuvering through these narrow areas,” Stanford said. “In case of an emergency, it may prove difficult for enough resources to reach the emergency area if vehicles are parked improperly or blocking emergency access.”

For more on the laws concerning parking in cul-de-sacs, go to dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d11/vc22502.htm.

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