Public Hearing Scheduled for New Driveway on Alberta for Retail Center

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

A few months ago we talked about how motorists often get confused about where to turn into the shopping centers on the west side of Baldwin Road, across from Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in our blog – Too Much Turing on Alberta.

Many people mistakenly turn onto Alberta looking to shop or eat.  With no way to enter the retail parking lots, these motorists use Alberta homeowner’s driveways to turn around and go back to Baldwin Road.  This problem has become worse in recent years with the re-birth of the former La-Z-Boy store into The Shoppes at Baldwin Square retail center.  As a result, many residents along Alberta have addressed the situation by placing buckets and chains in their driveways to block motorists from using their property to turn around.

If built, the new drive to the south off of Alberta is expected to be located here.

If built, the new drive to the south off of Alberta is expected to be located here.

In August, the Planning Commission authorized City staff to proceed with facilitating a new driveway for The Shoppes at Baldwin Square (south side) to Alberta.  However, after receiving a courtesy notice of this plan of action some residents expressed concern to City staff over the impact of the proposed change.

Thus, the Planning Commission has decided to schedule a public hearing to review this proposed solution with area residents on Tuesday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  All interested are encouraged to attend.