On Friday, Officer Lafrance, Kelsi Bracmont (Hillcrest resident) and I met with the property manager for Fairfax Village Shopping Center, Mr. Prentice. Kelsi set up the meeting to discuss some of the safety concerns at the shopping center, in addition to some other ideas that we had for the shopping center.
The most pressing issues are: 1) loitering in general and specifically loitering on the stairs by the Papa John's, 2) the high hedges which prevent cars existing onto Alabama Ave from seeing pedestrians, 3) minor fender benders due to people not understanding that there is a one way flow to the parking lot, 4) lack of lighting in some areas, 5) the low trees by the First Cash Advance.
Mr. Prentice has agreed to put up new "No Loitering" signs that are more visible. In addition, he informed us that MPD-6D has written authorization to police the shopping center. He agreed to look into cutting down the hedges along Alabama Ave. He agreed to adding in a "One Way" sign and also repainting the one way arrows in the parking lot. We also learned that the Dialysis Center will be expanding into the former First Cash Advance Space. As part of that, they are going to remove those two trees in front of that part of the center, add grass to give it a more open space feel, and add in pedestrian lighting.
We also expressed a desire for better retail options. Mr. Prentice expressed that he wanted the same things. He did point out that all the current tenants pay their rent on time.
All-in-all, I thought it was a productive meeting. I look forward to seeing the improvements.