This letter is in response to the article by Bill Silverfarb in the May 23 edition of the Daily Journal, “Market move gains steam.” I am a property owner in San Mateo, a few blocks from the proposed site of the new Mi Rancho Market on B Street. I am also a member of the PIASC (Peninsula Italian American Social Club) located at 100 N. B St.
I am against the proposal of eliminating seven parking spaces on B Street and also changing the present status of the easement between the PIASC and the proposed site of Mi Rancho Market. The developer and the San Mateo Planning Department should be able to come up with another solution for deliveries and thoroughfare vehicles for Mi Rancho Market. Parking on B Street is very limited as it is and losing the alley and street parking would further “strangle” the current businesses. This is unfair practice to the existing businesses, especially for the PIASC.
To accommodate the deliveries for Mi Rancho Market, this change would hinder deliveries to the PIASC, where the product receiving is done in the alley thus avoiding the hindrance of traffic on B Street. I believe the building at the proposed site can be made smaller to allow for vehicle parking and truck deliveries. Vehicles could enter the parking lot via B Street and exit the rear near the train tracks toward Tilton Avenue. Delivery trucks could back into the parking lot receiving dock and exit the lot via B Street just as they do for the PIASC.
I am requesting the proposal to eliminate the seven parking spaces and change the status of the easement be withdrawn so that not only one business be accommodated while others are penalized.
Maybe it would be possible for Mi Rancho Market to demolish the existing store and use that lot as parking for their new market, or possibly the city of San Mateo could purchase the lot and turn it into public parking?