Local

July 26, 2012

Commissary parking lot construction plans revised after customer concerns

Tags:
Story and photos by Robert Anderson
Staff writer

Many commissary patrons now find it difficult to park their vehicles in the current parking spaces which are both small and aligned in a parallel fashion. However, once the second half of the parking lot is completed, both halves of the lot will be striped to allow for wider spaces and diagonal parking.

Since construction of the commissary parking lot began on May 7, complaints and concerns about the project have flooded the inboxes of commissary and garrison leadership, and these have not gone unchecked.

The complaints that have been logged against the parking lot construction project range from design flaws to pedestrian safety issues, while traffic flow and small parking spaces seem to be the major concerns.

John Ruble, Directorate of Public Works director, assures commissary patrons that all the issues have been addressed and new plans have been drawn up to correcting the problems.

“With the original plan we had 263 total spaces; initially the intent was to maximize parking. When we stripe it diagonally, it will go down to 236 total spaces. Handicap assessable, van accessible, motorcycle and employee parking will all stay the same. It is the standard spaces that make up the difference,” Ruble explained.

Although this reduces the number of spaces by 27, this is an increase of 22 spaces from the original parking lot’s 204 spaces.

“We are widening the stalls from 8 feet 9 inches to 9-and-a-half feet. This will make a difference … it is a little tight [current parking spaces] with big trucks and SUVs. I think it will work a lot better,” Ruble said.

Work is underway on the second half of the commissary parking lot. Once the project is entirely finished, officials hope it will meet customer needs and add to the overall quality of the commissary shopping experience.

The project is being implemented in two phases. The first phase is the completed section of the parking lot that has received the above-mentioned complaints from commissary patrons. The second phase is the half of the parking lot currently under construction and will include the changes that were prompted by the said complaints.

Ruble details the new timeline.

“The second phase should be completed September 1. Then we will close the section that is open, seal-coat it and stripe it, and the entire lot should be open September 8.”

Col. Dan McFarland, commander, United States Army Garrison, Fort Huachuca, also wanted to reassure commissary patrons their concerns have been addressed and clarify any misunderstandings about the project.

About the parking lot design McFarland said, “The current one [design] meets the standards, and is comparable to Wal-Mart or Target. But, we realize sometimes we have to go beyond those standards,” McFarland said.

“We heard the consumers’ concerns; they were valid, and we responded to them. We cannot respond to every complaint, but in this particular case, we will go back and redo it,” McFarland added.

The redesigned, finished parking lot will offer commissary patrons one-way parking lanes with larger spaces. New eight-foot pedestrian walkways have been added for customer safety. And the low impact design of the new parking lot will capture six to eight acre-feet of storm water recharge.

“The direct beneficiaries of the new parking lot are the people that use the commissary; and as small as a parking lot may seem, it’s not such a small matter for someone trying to push a shopping cart full of food,” McFarland said.

“The new parking lot will add to our water conservation efforts, and with the landscaping, will be a really good presentation,” he added.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Stephanie Caffall

Women’s history showcased during special event Wednesday

Stephanie Caffall Fort Huachuca’s Thunder Mountain Activity Centre was the site of an event titled, “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” Wednesday in celebration for National Women’s History Month. After the reading...
 
 
DoD

DOD warns troops, families to be cyber crime smart

WASHINGTON — Defense Department employees and their families should be vigilant when guarding personal and work information from expanding cyber-criminal activity, and to know how to recognize scammer tactics, according to DOD’s chief information officer. Terry Halvorsen issued a DOD-wide memorandum March 18 about the growing threat of cybercrime “phishing” and “spear phishing” in e...
 
 

Army health leaders advocate for importance of nutrition

WASHINGTON — During National Nutrition Month in March, “we encourage each of you to renew a commitment to achieving your personal Performance Triad goals,” said Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho. This year’s theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” she said. The Performance Triad focuses on the importance of sleep, activity and nutrition...
 

 
Natalie Lakosil

Convoy exercise helps ready 111th MI Bde. for emergencies

Natalie Lakosil Soldiers from the 111th Military Intelligence Brigade take a short rest in lower Garden Canyon before returning to the motor pool as part of a convoy training exercise Wednesday. The exercise helps the brigade s...
 
 

Fort Huachuca Criminal Punishment Bulletin – February

For the month of February, in addition to Court-Martial and U.S. Federal Court Proceedings, 31 Soldiers were disciplined under Article 15, UCMJ; and 25 Soldiers were administratively separated, including 2 for misconduct. The following are notable recent criminal proceedings: A specialist assigned to the 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion was tried at a General Court-Martial. The...
 
 
Natalie Lakosil

111th MI Bde. NCO, Soldier, Platoon Sgt. of Quarter winners selected

Natalie Lakosil Sgt. Jason Grider, Alpha Company, 309th Military Intelligence Battalion, inspects uniforms during the in-ranks inspection portion of the 111th Military Intelligence Brigade Non-commissioned Officer of the Quarte...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin