Several months back I attended a meeting held by the City of Burlingame engineering folks along with consultant, Eileen Goodwin of Apex Strategies to talk about the possibility of a roundabout at the intersection of California Drive and Bellevue Avenue, just in front of Stack’s Restaurant. Some might recognize this location as the little triangular piece of land with two palm trees adorning the property. ( For those history buffs out there, it’s officially called Cannon Park. Why? Because up until WWII the park featured a cannon. The cannon was reportedly melted down for the war effort.)
Here is the staff report.
The first question to be asked is, “What problem are we trying to solve?” and the second question is, and it’s one that I asked at the meeting, “Is this a fait accompli?” The reason I asked the question is that this project, as I understand it, barley got a mention at the Traffic, Safety and Parking Commission level and certainly hasn't been front and center in the public realm. The answer was unclear, but there was a promise of more meetings with the community. I don't know of any on the horizon, but watch this space for notification.
Truth be told, there was a call for projects in 2013 and $1million was allocated fro the project in 2014. Might this be a case of use it or lose it?
Back to the problem that the city is trying to solve: according to the engineers, there is southbound confusion. In my opinion, it’s not the intersection that is causing the confusion, it’s the mid-span crosswalk from Stack’s to the bus shelter adjacent to the city parking lot. That combined with the nearby stop-and-go of the Il Fornaio valet parking service, ( which by the way, is not exclusive to Il Fornaio by ordinance but can be used by any patron of downtown if so desired, but is cleverly advertised as Il Fornaio guests only.)
There were a few concerned residents and businesspeople in attendance with concerns about egress for their business along the roundabout. But many were wondering about that first fundamental question. “Do we really need to fix this? Do we really have a problem here?”
What do you think?