Selfridge Asks Monterey City Council To Rethink Fresh & Easy OK
January 16, 2012
Less than two weeks after the Monterey City Council voted unanimously to approve a new Fresh & Easy supermarket at the former Del Monte Gardens skating rink site, Councilmember Nancy Selfridge is asking the council to reconsider its decision at its Tuesday meeting.
In a Jan. 8 letter to the council and City Manager Fred Meurer, Selfridge says she thinks the council should take a closer look at a number of issues, including delivery truck time windows, dumpster locations and acceptable noise levels, that she thinks could adversely impact residents of nearby neighborhoods, some of whom have been vocal in their opposition to the supermarket.
"Since the City Council meeting on January 3, 2012, I have realized that Council had not adequately protected the adjacent neighborhood from foreseeable problems with the approval of Fresh & Easy," Selfridge writes.
The council approved the use permit for Fresh & Easy on Jan. 3 after a three-hour hearing during which residents of the neighborhoods near the proposed store site decried the supermarket's proposal, citing increased traffic they think will erode safety and destroy the residential character of their neighborhoods.
No matter what the council decides Tuesday, it could face another challenge in the coming weeks from Monterey resident Jim Fink. At the council's Jan. 3 meeting, Fink announced his intention to assemble a team willing and able to purchase and operate the closed but still-standing skating rink. Fink was not immediately available for comment Monday.