After twice delaying approval, the San Juan Bautista Planning Commission gave a thumbs up on plans for new restrooms at Verutti Park at its Feb. 5 meeting.
The building, which includes a mechanical room between the two restrooms, will have two 18-inch by 32-inch windows facing Second Street (one window per room). Privacy glass will be used for the windows, which will also have a protective component to deter people from breaking them.
The design includes motion sensor-activated interior and exterior lighting, according to the floor plans. Light posts are expected to be placed around the park to discourage vandalism and facilitate foot traffic after dark.
“I just figured that would blend in to the Verutti Park setting,” City Planner Todd Kennedy said during the Feb. 5 meeting.
Commission chairman Scott Freels voiced concern about neighbors complaining of light pollution. City Manager Michaele LaForge said the city can continue to explore how to illuminate the park with affecting nearby residents.
Although not specified in the plans, the Planning Commission agreed with LaForge’s suggestion of using stainless steel stalls, toilets and sinks.
“It’s much easier for us to maintain, it’s more sanitary, it’ll last longer,” LaForge said. “I want to start to get consistent,” she added, noting that she had been doing research because the city expects to renovate the Carl Martin Luck Memorial Library restrooms in the future.
The Verutti Park restroom design was first introduced at the Planning Commission’s Jan. 8 meeting, but concerns about windows, lighting and safety led the city to modify the design. Approval was pushed back to Jan. 14 because the city did not present commissioners with updated plans.
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