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We also want to reiterate that the traffic studies used in the approval process were weighted for the worst-possible scenario, with uses that are not necessarily likely, and certainly not ones that would draw traffic from outside Kensington. It's our expectation that the small offices and retail shops would primarily serve locals coming from north and south of Adams, hopefully on foot or by bike. - Allard Jansen, in an email to the community after the Planning Commission approved the project

If I may, to clarify, this is worst case scenario, based on the uses that are listed, and the uses are a grocery store, a bank and a restaurant, which have the highest trip generation rate, so just for your understanding and for clarity, if those uses are not located in this project, then the ADT coming out of the project will actually be less.  So worse case scenario is 2400 trips per day generated from this use. – John Fisher, City of San Diego Development Services Department Project Manager, November 15th meeting of the Planning Commission

The proposed project would also meet the goal of providing a full range of commercial goods and services to the Mid-City population." - City of San Diego Development Services Department, November 1, 2007

The retail and office space will serve not only the Kensington Terrace residents but the area, offering a live, work and play environment that will foster the community’s growth.”
- Eric Vann, Burnham Real Estate

The other issue was the size of the convenience store.  We used 650 square feet.  We included basically everything in the structure.  There was some testimony that number might be a little high.Labib Qasem, City of San Diego Associate Traffic Engineer, November 15th meeting of the Planning Commission

Commissioner Naslund: There is some testimony that suggested that traffic as it left this project would head north in order to go through less traveled residential streets in order to get back to Adams Avenue to the west.  Do you think that’s possible?

Labib Qasem, City Traffic Engineer: Uh, I don’t, I just can’t see why somebody’s gonna go the other direction and head north in order to come back.  It’s a cul-de-sac community, so there’s nowhere – if you’re heading north you just have to come back to Adams Avenue and it’s true that there’s a church there and that’s where we had our meeting yesterday at, but I just can’t see why somebody wanna do that.  Why you gonna go the other direction to get to wind up in the same spot to where you started? There’s really nothing to go to the north, unless you actually live in that community, so that’s not how we looked at it.

Chairman Schultz: One of the things when you say, well, I don’t know why anybody would go that way to come back to go this way, well, we do it because we think we can get to Point B  quicker than the other way.  That’s the way we work.  I mean, that’s just human nature.  We’ll travel twice the distance to get somewhere if traveling twice that distance gets us there ten seconds faster.  We’ll do that rather than going the shorter route.