Renovation plans by a West Avenue apartment complex, including the construction of a 200-seat indoor/outdoor restaurant, have some area residents wary.
Representatives of Gumenick Properties, owners of Southgate Towers (900 West Ave.), described their plans before a meeting of the West Avenue Corridor Neighborhood Association, Dec. 11.
The renovation, projected to take two years, will encompass the façade, landscaping, pool redesign, apartment unit upgrades, and other facility upgrades.
But it was a proposed on-site restaurant, featuring valet parking, that drew opposition from the audience, many of whom are concerned about its potential impact on the neighborhood.
Zoning at the Southgate allows for a restaurant; one used to exist there. But residents want it relocated to elsewhere within the property, instead of being entered from 10th St. They want a noise buffer against traffic and preservation of the bay view.