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Burbank Scene: New Mag Park parking lot busy — but more lots needed

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- New parking lot on Magnolia Boulevard between        October 2, 2014

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — New parking lot on Magnolia Boulevard between October 2, 2014

The new Magnolia Park parking lot is attracting business. This morning before 11 a.m., I checked the lot and between 15-24 vehicles were parked there A number of spaces were vacant, too. After numerous delays, the lot between Maple and Kenwood Streets on Magnolia Boulevard, opened the middle of last month. The new public lot will ease the street parking crunch in that area — but help is still needed near other busy sections of Magnolia Boulevard.

Where’s the next new parking lot going to be? Why not at the site of the old Wilsons Leather Outlet at 3117 West Magnolia Boulevard. There’s already a parking lot on the site. The city could buy the parcel, tear down the building, and expand the parking lot.

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Wilsons Leather Oulet site 3117 West Magnolia Boulevard Burbank October 2, 2014

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Wilsons Leather Outlet site 3117 West Magnolia Boulevard Burbank October 2, 2014

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4 Responses to Burbank Scene: New Mag Park parking lot busy — but more lots needed

  1. Kevin Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 3:40 pm #

    While using Wilson’s as a parking lot has a certain appeal, one needs only look across the street to the west to see the lot behind California Do It. Or Doit as those who love it know it. They frankly have LOTS more parking than they have need of. It is not out of the question that the city could negotiate to take the row along the north of the lot and make it 2 hour public parking. If Doit would agree. They may not be interested, but possibly the city could find a way to make it worth their while. I have been thinking that what Magnolia Park needs is more draw, and Wilson’s sure was not cutting that mustard. I’d like to see a decent restaurant go in there. Obviously NOT an Italian restaurant! But yes, this end of Magnolia park is warming up and will need more parking at some point., Just don’t hold your breath for the city to find the money to buy Wilson’s and tear it down.

  2. Fronnie Friday, October 3, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    Kevin,

    I agree the Wilsons Leather Outlet maybe a no started because of money. I like your idea of having the city make an arrangement with the Do It Center to use some of the vacant spaces in that lot. That should be workable for city officials. Also, they should look into making arrangements with other nearby businesses that have un-used parking spaces available.

    Recently, several new shops opened up on Magnolia Boulevard between Hollywood Way
    and Buena Vista Street. The city needs to be pro-active and finding more parking for this thriving area.

  3. Kevin Friday, October 3, 2014 at 1:14 pm #

    I agree that the city needs to be proactive. Don’t hold your breath waiting for the day.

    I actually wonder, The street in front of DOIT seems never to have any cars parked in it. Because DOIT has so much parking in their lot. The city is not going to move until some of that is regularly getting used.

  4. Fronnie Friday, October 3, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

    Kevin,

    Good observation about the street near DO IT. This part of Magnolia Park is not very large. There are customers and shoppers, like myself, who don’t mind walking a couple of blocks. Perhaps, putting up signs showing where the available parking is might help. By the way, some of the merchants I spoke with in the 3400 block are already telling their customers where to find the 2-hour and unlimited parking. That kind of communication between merchants and customers is needed.

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