Parking may still be obstacle to Planned Parenthood clinic in Redwood City
July 19th, 2011
By Valerie Schmalz
Is getting adequate parking going to stall Planned Parenthood from opening a medical clinic in Redwood City?
In an email blast sent the afternoon of July 19, the Redwood City Zoning Administrator says Planned Parenthood Mar Monte must provide a letter from Enterprise Rent A Car that the car rental facility will provide nine parking spaces before the family planning clinic can go forward. The requirement is included in the amended approval of the clinic at 2890 El Camino Real.
City zoning code requires 27 parking places for the clinic but the site itself only has 18.
A corporate spokeswoman for Enterprise in St. Louis said the contract with Planned Parenthood requires two signatures and it only has one. Spokeswoman Laura Bryant said she had no timeline on if or when another signature would be added.
“At this point it is not executable unless both signatures are on there,” Bryant told Catholic San Francisco in a telephone interview July 20. While Bryant said she did not know which signature was missing, she said, “We are a very decentralized company, very entrepreneurial . A lot of decisions are made on the local level…but something like this requires additional signatures.” Bryant said the lease with Planned Parenthood would require corporate approval.
In the amended document approving Planned Parenthood’s clinic on El Camino Real, the Redwood City zoning administrator said he needs a letter from Enterprise Rent A Car Company of San Francisco “confirming …that Enterprise will provide applicant with the use of the parking stalls” as stated in a Feb. 9, 2011 agreement between Enterprise and Planned Parenthood Mar Monte.
A call to Planned Parenthood Mar Monte was not returned. The attorney for Concerned Citizens of Concerned Citizens of San Mateo County, which has filed an appeal of the conditional use permit, was not immediately available for comment. The appeal is unaffected by the amended permit approval, a city official said.
“Essentially what the amendment says is …either Planned Parenthood provides that confirmation letter from Enterprise or if that doesn’t work out, then they can propose an alternate parking plan for consideration,” said Michelle G. Tangunan, Associate Planner for Redwood City.
According to the permit, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte will provide “preventative health care services, family planning, reproductive health, prenatal, and primary care services.”. Under the permit conditions, the clinic will have the option of dispensing chemical abortions but was not approved for surgical abortions, Tangunan said.