It looks like the expanded Silver Lake Trader Joe’s will be getting new bike racks and some additional landscaping in response to requests by residents. A representative for the grocery store chain appeared before the Silver Lake Neighborhood Council’s Urban Design & Preservation Committee on Wednesday night to respond to a list of suggestions – ranging from facade improvements to home delivery – presented at a previous meetings. Other residents and neighborhood council members were also pushing for more ambitious measures to reduce the environmental and traffic impact of the Hyperion Avenue store, which recently expanded into an adjacent storefront. “We were talking about improving the curb appeal, plantings along the facade so it won’t be a blank wall, installing bike racks near entrance,” said committee chair Elizabeth Bougart-Sharkov. She said the Trader Joe’s land use consultant indicated that the chain probably would add the bike racks and some landscaping. But some resident recommendations, such as home delivery to help reduce congestion, would have to wait.
Boughart-Sharkov said she expects Trader Joe’s to provide a more definitive reply next month to some of the ideas and recommendations. The chain is no way required to adopt any of the recommendations but has been open to ideas, she said. “They have been extremely cooperative.”
Trader Joe’s recent expansion from 8,700 to 12,000 square feet did not require any additional city review. However, the expansion did trigger a public hearing related to its beer & wine license.