|Open green space on 83rd and 166th|
About a half a year ago I posted a photo of the downtown "pocket park" on 83rd and 166th Ave. It obviously isn't a park but for the downtown it seemed a pleasant patch of green "open space."
I explored the place and counted 9 trees on the property, some of which appeared dangerous so I contacted the code enforcement officer. It took quite a while to hear back because the city real estate division was trying identify the owner. Well, wouldn't you know -- the city owns the property! (Currently the city is assessing the trees for safety.)
So what are the possible uses of this open space? The above photo was taken at 10:30 a.m. today and we see it's filled with parked cars....perhaps construction worker's cars. Personally, I don't think parking is best use. Affordable housing is a huge need in the city. Why not build "tiny houses" here or even a small pod multi-family apartment building?
If you think tiny houses or some other use is a good idea write city council at: email@example.com. I just asked the Council to consider an apodment.
(An "apodment" is a separately rentable bedroom-bathroom suite in an apartment, with use of the apartment's kitchen, in a building full of such units. A typical apodment has 150 - 275 square feet of private space, not including shared kitchens, hallways, stairs, and entries)
-- Bob Yoder