Aug 17, 2018 at 4:30 AM
I respond to the Aug. 3 Dispatch article “Healing the neighborhood.” I’m a long-time resident of Schumacher Place, a neighborhood on the near-South Side that is a desirable location for people to live as homeowners and renters. The northern part of Schumacher is slated to become a permit-parking area later this year due to employees of Nationwide Children’s Hospital using the streets as a parking lot. On-street parking in the rest of the neighborhood, while not yet under pressure, is a finite resource. In the evenings, many of the streets are full with residents’ cars.
Schumacher also has become a desirable area for developers looking to maximize the profits of their building ventures. While there’s nothing wrong with making a fair return on an investment, the developers in today’s residential housing market seem driven to wring every dollar they can out of a lot, regardless of the short- and long-term impacts to the neighborhood.
At a recent civic association meeting, a developer presented plans for a commercial development in an existing building with 13 one-bedroom apartments next door in a new building. How many on-site parking spaces are planned? Five!
This proposal is irresponsible on the part of the property owner and the architect who designed it. More importantly, it is an insult to the neighborhood and the residents who have invested countless dollars in their homes and who have made Schumacher Place such a desirable place to live.
Gary Stuhlfauth, Columbus