Mary Cheh, Council Woman for Ward 3, sent a letter recently to DDOT and the Board of Zoning Adjustments, raising the traffic and transport questions of the oversized Sunrise facility. We have, in fact, the same questions.
Key issues re. traffic and transport include:
Sunrise seeks to develop a project that would require at least 20 trucks a week for deliveries, a 7-ton shuttle bus multiple times a day on a site surrounded by streets where through trucks are banned, and a significant increase in car traffic of staff, visitors, and church-goers in a quiet neighborhood.
Zoning regulations require 103 parking spaces for the proposed development of the 250-seat church and the 86-unit assisted living facility. Sunrise wants to reduce this requirement to 66 spaces in the underground garage. It is unclear how the church or Sunrise will share this parking, given the 24/7 activities of the facility and the parking that the church requires. The 75 daily staffers plus other caretakers, medical personnel, visitors to the Sunrise residents, and church participants would likely illegally park on the adjacent residential neighborhood streets.
The development calls for a 250-seat church. 250 people generate traffic on Sunday but also throughout the week. The 66 proposed parking spaces for this kind of traffic is wholly inadequate; cars would illegally park on residential streets limited to residents. Additionally, the church has a history of renting to tenants who generate a lot of traffic.
Sunrise estimates that a similar facility nearby had 10.2 ambulance trips (mean) from DCFD per month. Sunrise does not specify other ambulance services arriving at the facility nor have they provided numbers for fire trucks so the total number of fire and ambulance trips is unclear. These incidents will generate noise at all times of the day in a residential neighborhood. It is unclear whether additional ambulance demands would cause delays to other residents of the neighborhood.