It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since two D1 property owners from Rebecca Way, came to my office and asked for my help in bringing together their adjacent property owners. They were concerned and wanted to fix a shared driveway behind their apartments that was in desperate need of being resurfaced. This was an unusual request because the City doesn’t have anyone who focuses specifically on this type of “community building,” but it was a challenge I was willing to accept! It turned out that most of the driveway pavement had not been resurfaced since the late 70’s! It was beginning to disintegrate into gravel. Since the entire driveway was shared by all properties, it meant that the financial burden of the pavement maintenance needed to be shared equally among all 13 buildings. I am sure you can imagine the difficulty in corralling all 13 different owners.
We were able to help these neighbors form a Property Owner’s Association! The newly formed association received bids and worked with one another to put together a timeline to get the necessary work done successfully and on time. Despite our successes, there was still one large concern we had to address- where would their residents park during this construction?
After brainstorming, my office decided to reach out to the nearby Harker School for help. Harker offered its parking for residents to use during the weekend but still needed access during the weekdays. With Harker’s permission, we worked with the Department of Transportation (DOT) to suspend the parking restrictions on the street near the school for 10 days during construction. Starting on June 6th – June 17th, Rebecca Way will get its new driveway that should hold up for another 40+ years! I would again like to thank those property owners who brought this concern to my attention, I am glad we could get this resolved. Just another great success story for District 1!!