Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Westwood Shopping Center DRC meeting much ado about nothing
Regency Centers disclosed that ten apartment units in the plan were being relocated from the Westwood Center II site to the Westwood Shopping Center property. Since that would potentially add over 20 more people to the shopping center site, such a move only heightened concerns about a shortage of parking in the plan. But parking was never discussed at the meeting, nor any other issue ranging from the staging of the Westbard Avenue realignment to the controversy over parking spaces at the shopping center given to the Kenwood Place condominium by covenant decades ago.
Attendees had barely settled in their seats when planners had already adjourned the discussion, and were announcing the schedule for the review of the project going forward. It appeared the substantive discussions had either already been had, or were being postponed for private meetings between planners and the developer, which certainly do not promote transparency in the approval process. Interestingly, every project reviewed at Tuesday's meeting had some sort of substantive discussion except for the Westwood Shopping Center.