Roseville council approves parking reduction at shopping center

Tenants say parking problems causing drop in business
By: Sena Christian, Staff Reporter
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Action Taken

Here’s a look at some other items approved during the Nov. 28 council meeting:

Purchase order renewal for traffic signal items: The city will spend an estimated $511,000 on traffic signal items over a two-year period from Jan. 1, 2013 through Dec. 31, 2014. They are purchased for use on an ongoing basis.

Police task force agreement: Roseville Police Department participates with two officers in a countywide narcotic enforcement team known as Special Investigations Unit. Occasionally, the federal government will ask for assistance from the task force to help on large-scale narcotic investigations including surveillance, warrant services and wiretaps. This agreement provides dollar for dollar reimbursement for officers working overtime when assisting on federal investigations, strategic initiatives or prosecutions. No fiscal impact.

Vehicle purchase: The city will purchase a 2013 Ford F550 for $114,782, and five 2013 Ford 150 trucks for $106,051.

Asphalt sealant and fillers purchase order: The city will award orders on an as-needed basis to Crafco Inc. for asphalt and fillers for an estimated annual cost of $70,000.

Despite business tenants upset with what they consider a lack of parking in the Palisades Plaza shopping center, Roseville City Council approved a reduction of 13 spaces.

The city’s zoning ordinance establishes parking requirements for shopping centers, and Palisades Plaza has been out of compliance by 32 spaces since 2007. But the parking problem was exacerbated with the recent opening of Studio 55, a beauty salon with 70 chairs.

The council — expressing reluctance — voted unanimously in favor of the item during the Nov. 28 meeting. This action reduces the parking required from 266 to 253 spaces in the center on East Roseville Parkway.

Previous efforts to bring the center into compliance were thwarted when one tenant, the Chevron gas station, objected to placing additional stalls around their fuel canopy. Given the center’s design, Chevron has not had issues with parking, according to the city’s staff report.

On Oct. 11, the Roseville Planning Commission unanimously approved the parking reduction. The commission determined that off-site employee parking opportunities and provisions for patient pick-up and drop-off at medical offices in the center accommodated the reduction.

Additionally, a parking study conducted by consultant Parking Solutions showed that at least 42 spaces were available during busy lunchtime peak hours.

Ginger’s restaurant, Tomi’s Restaurant, Tandori Restaurant, the UPS Store and three doctors operating in the center appealed the decision. Ginger’s owner Harold Gaubert criticized the study, arguing that it failed to include the participation and perspective of tenants, and does not accurately reflect the parking situation.

“We believe inadequate parking has contributed to numerous failed or vacated businesses in Palisades Plaza,” Gaubert said. “There have already been six failed restaurants and six failed retail tenants within a very brief eight-year period. We do not want any more failed businesses. … Having adequate parking for our customers is a basic requirement for our success.”

In April, the city began receiving complaints about lunchtime parking issues at the center from Gaubert. He told the city he had experienced a drop in lunchtime business because of parking difficulties and that his employees have to park at the hotel across the street.

During Wednesday’s meeting, Councilman John Allard asked if the city could require the shopping center’s employees to park offsite.

“The city’s philosophy is we try to leave the shopping center management to the shopping center manager,” said Roseville’s Planning Director Paul Richardson, adding that managers typically ask employees to park as far away as possible.

Owner and landlord Stefan Manolakas has taken to steps to comply with the parking requirement, working with the city to eliminate unauthorized reserved parking spaces and develop a parking lot striping plan that added 23 spaces. But the center remained 13 short.