New 265 Space Parking Lot Opens In Serra Mesa

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Birdland neighborhood benefits from reduction of spillover congestion

The community of Serra Mesa and its Birdland neighborhood celebrated on December 23rd, 2010, the opening of a $1.2 million, 265 space parking lot behind the Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility. The lot is expected to greatly reduce employee and visitor street parking in the community and is that latest step in a long-range plan to improve the area’s traffic circulation.

Located adjacent to the medical services hub that includes Sharp Hospital and Rady Children’s Hospital as well as Juvenile Hall and San Diego Juvenile Court, the neighborhood at times suffered from congestion caused by motorists hunting for spaces and ultimately choosing street parking in front of people’s homes.

"This solution was something we could do quickly to satisfy an immediate concern of the Birdland neighbors," said Supervisor Ron Roberts. "We continue to develop long-term, multi-agency, traffic improvement solutions for the community. But those efforts, including possibly new freeway ramps, are going to take a while to get approved, funded and built."

Serra Mesa community leaders anticipate the new spaces will greatly benefit the neighborhood.

"The Serra Mesa Community, and in particular the Birdland neighborhood, is very grateful to Supervisor Ron Roberts and his staff for this broad solution to the long-standing problem of Juvenile Court parking issues," said Doug Wescott, chairman of the Serra Mesa Planning Group. "This new parking lot will make a big improvement, not only to the Birdland neighborhood by taking traffic and parked cars off its neighborhood streets, but also for everyone with business at the Juvenile Court complex, making it much easier for them to find convenient parking. Finding both the land and the funds to provide this new, 265-space parking lot so quickly is a good example of the government serving the people."

The opening of this lot follows other steps taken this year to improve traffic circulation in the community. Earlier 20 extra public spaces near Juvenile Court were set aside for members of the public. Also a county grant recommended by Supervisors Roberts and Greg Cox created an off-street passenger loading space for Ronald McDonald House that has made it more convenient, and safer, for arriving and departing families.

The new parking lot will serve employees of Juvenile Hall and the surrounding juvenile justice and probation complex. The spaces are in addition to the 582 mostly-public parking spaces that already exist.