Charter School Traffic Wreaks Havoc on North and Richmond Ave’s | August 18, 2007

If you have had the unfortunate experience of trying to make use of the US Post Office parking lot at the DaytonView Station at 550 Salem ave at the same time parents of students at the Richard Allen Charter School located just north of the PO are either dropping off or picking up their kids you know the true meaning of chaos. Every parking space in the Post Office lot is taken; there is a stream of cars from Salem , up North Ave and onto Richmond ave, completely paralyzing any movement. And this happens twice a day fro 45 to 60 minutes at a time.

I am not a fan of Charter Schools and the location of this one, with virtually no school parking and the resulting chaotic condition makes absolutely no sense to me. According to workers at the Salem Post office this situation has been going on since the school opened nearly two years ago. Repeated requests by clerks and management at the Post Office for the school to correct the problem have been basically ignored. My call to the school today received the response that ” it was the parents, not us who are parking there. We’ve told them not to park there but they do it any way.” Wow, talk about not taking responsibility… Now the Post Office is apparently going to erect a fence between the parking lot and the school, which will solve part of the problem, parking for Postal patrons, but end up creating more chaos on the street as parents will now have to stay in the cars and inch through the tiny parking lot to pick up and drop off their kids.

How the zoning board let this get by them is completely beyond me. Didn’t anyone think through how students were going to get to and be picked up at the school? Why give a use permit for a situation that is guaranteed chaos? To top things off there does not appear to be any easy solution. There are homes that are in the rear of the school, facing Richmond ave, that could possibly be bought and razed to create a larger parking lot, but that may or may not be feasible. It does not seem reasonable that neighborhood residents and Postal patrons should have to suffer the consequence of poor planning. What does seem reasonable to me is to relocate the school somewhere where this chaotic situation will not be re-created.

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