Planned Road For Athletic Center Upsets Chelsea Beach

Residents Gaspwhen Proposal Is Mentioned

May 03, 1991|By Robert Lee | Robert Lee,Staff writer

Chelsea Beach residents served notice to the county Monday that theywill fight plans to build roads through their community to serve thenew Lake Shore Athletic Complex.

"It's not that we're against theathletic complex. I think a lot of people see it as needed. Our concern is that something needs to go along with it," Chelsea Beach Residents Association President Barney Biancavilla said during a special meeting Monday.

The meeting between county parks and traffic administrators and astern but polite crowd of 60 Chelsea Beach residents was arranged byCouncilman C. "Dutch" Holland, R-Pasadena. Holland called the meeting to "plug the community in" to the implications of living next door to what will be the county's largest athletic complex when it opens in the fall of1993.

Chief Traffic Engineer James Schroll told the crowd that "the community and the county are going to have to make some hard decisions" to deal with the increased traffic from the complex.

Schroll said the park would be too close to the hectic Mountain Road-Route 100 intersection to allow access by either of those roads -- at least until the State Highway Administration gets around to expanding Mountain Road.

He said the traffic division is looking at plans to either upgrade Woods Road or punch it through to Magothy Bridge Road, plans that drew gasps and vociferous objections from the standing-room-only crowd.

"I'm not saying we're going to do it. It's just one of the proposals we're looking at," Schroll said after putting forward the so-called "build Paper Road" plan.

"And we're saying we're against it," one woman in thecrowd responded.

"Paper Road"is the name for the unbuilt bypass road that would provide a straight shot between Magothy Bridge Road and Mountain Road.

Residents say opening "Paper Road" for the new athletic complex would turn their community into a shortcut for commuters and invite development.

Tomake sure Schroll got the message, CBRA President Biancavilla calledfor a show of hands on the "Paper Road" proposal. The crowd unanimously opposed the project, with a few abstentions.

Schroll accepted alternative suggestions from the crowd, promising to study them and return with his findings.

The alternatives he said he will study are:

* No road.

* Improve Woods Road.

* Build "Paper Road."

* Improve Woods Road and cut it off between 9th and 11thstreets, to deter through traffic from Magothy Bridge Road.

* Continue Oak Road through to Magothy Bridge Road.

* Build "circles, humps or diverters" on an improved Woods Road to slow through traffic.

* Wait for the state to improve the Route 100/Mountain Road exchange and then build another access to Mountain from Woods Road.

The master plan for the $4.2 million, 132-acre Lake Shore Athletic complex calls for restrooms, a storage building, playground, two outdoor basketball courts, a lighted adult softball diamond, three multipurpose fields (twowith lights), six small baseball diamonds (one with lights) and parking for 430 cars.

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