A final parcel map for a proposed seven story parking structure, that some Loma Linda residents have angrily opposed, is on the city council’s Jan. 8 agenda.
The structure could be built on the southwest corner of Campus Street and Prospect Avenue adjacent to an existing structure located across from Loma Linda Universities Medical Center’s Emergency Room entrance.
The plan for the structure was commissioned by the Loma Linda University Adventist Health Sciences Center. The $20 million project would provide more than 1,100 needed parking spaces, according to project managers.
Plans presented last year included up to 4,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, as well as a security center that would take up to another 4,000 square feet.
Several residents, who spoke to the council during the planning process, were opposed to the plans and insisted that the structure could increase the traffic coming in and out of their neighborhood hence affecting the quality of life.
Some felt it would negatively impact their home prices. The structure and the hospital site right next to a residential area.
The number of cars in the area swells during the day as thousands of people come into the city for medical treatment. The neighborhood surrounding the current structure is almost entirely permit parking only.
The Loma Linda City Council meets in council chambers at 7 p.m. on Jan. 8. The chambers are inside City Hall, which is located at 25541 Barton Road.