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Spring puts off Turn 3 parking problem

Robert Stern

Winter has melted away but the overnight parking-snow removal issue at Kings Trading Post Center remains heated.

Turn 3 spends $200 a week to supply patrons with safe rides home, according to bar manager Todd Stahl. But without a place for customers to leave their vehicles, the option is not so appealing.

Since spring, Turn 3 customers have been able to leave their vehicles in the Kings Center parking lot overnight without fear of getting towed.

The owners have two years left on their lease and Redwood Investors, the property managers will not allow overnight parking during the winter, which property manager Susan Clarkson said interferes with snow removal.

“She has not given in at all,” said Dale Sare, attorney for Turn 3. “She is basically holding her ground, saying this is it. Take it or leave it.”

Sare said Sarah Sheehy, owner of Turn 3, has offered to pay for snow removal, but that Clarkson has refused to make any changes in the lease.

She said it creates a liability issue if snow and ice is not properly removed, because vehicles are in the way.

“I can’t disrupt the rest of the tenancy up there,” Clarkson said.

When it is not snowing, up to four vehicles can be left in a specific section of the parking lot overnight with a note from Turn 3.

According to Sheehy, customers have left their vehicles overnight for two years and only this winter did it become a problem.

The issue began in March when a vehicle, which Sare said was in one of the designated spots, was towed. Clarkson said the vehicle was not in a designated spot.

Clarkson said vehicles left overnight pose a problem for the snow removal and sweeping company, which is forced to come back and finish the job later. This additional work costs money, which is then passed on to the businesses in the plaza.

Sheehy continues to communicate with Redwood Investors through letters, but no legal action has been taken.

Sare said his client does not want to pursue litigation, but will wait to see how the situation plays out this winter.

“That would be the last resort,” Sare said. “It doesn’t make for a good working relationship.”

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