Project puts community’s best qualities at risk
A new idea favored by the developer of Main Street One Paseo is that its supporters love the idea of a Trader Joe’s. While being careful to say that no specific retailer can be named until a deal has been negotiated, the developer just smiles when people use the broad appeal of this popular brand to justify support.
My neighbors and I love the feeling of the community as it stands today. When I chose this area for my family I knew I had to drive to get to one of two nearby Trader Joe’s. I like this store but the traffic generated would be more than our roads can handle. The thought of bringing the congestion and traffic that surrounds the other locations into this area is very sad. The idea of facing vastly increased traffic every day on Del Mar Heights Road is not an acceptable trade-off. Drive. It affects this neighborhood every minute of every day.
But even if we like the idea of having a Trader Joe’s close by, I can’t see how the possibility of providing a retail of 10,000 square feet justifies supporting a project that proposes 270,000 square feet of retail space. It’s another untruth used to get support for this proposed Mega Mall.
Wake up, Carmel Valley! This project will be the end of many of the community qualities that brought you here.