Curious Mind: Fixing Potholes on Private Roads | Local
Q: Ash Street North is full of potholes. Why is it not fixed?
A: “If you’re referring to the piece of ash behind Albertsons, it’s private property,” said Mark Thomson, Superintendent of Streets for the Town of Twin Falls. “The city has no maintenance responsibilities on private roads.”
A spokesperson for Albertsons said the company is working on the issue.
“I spoke with our division’s maintenance team. They are aware of the pothole issues on Ash Street and are working to get the part of the street that belongs to Albertsons fixed,” said Kathy Holland.
Ash Street North is about a quarter mile long, parallel to Blue Lakes Boulevard and south of Heyburn Avenue.
Albertsons, at 1221 Addison Ave. E., was built in 1976. The supermarket measures 35,568 square feet.
According to the Twin Falls County Assessor’s Office, Albertsons owns several parcels, including the Blue Lakes Marketplace at 5 Points. The neighborhood center includes retailers such as Boot Barn, Craftsman Unlimited Haircuts, Gun Shop, Nails Plus Supply, Jimmy John’s, Half Price Title Loans, T-Mobile, The UPS Store and H&R Block, with a total of 78,576 square feet of gross surface. leasable area on 4.95 acres. The market was built in 2000 and renovated in 2018. Prior to the renovation, the market housed a Rite Aid.
Albertsons declined to comment on development plans for the Twin Falls Ash Street planned unit and the property at 182 and 212-244 Blue Lakes Blvd. N. Albertsons plans to “develop and redevelop the parcels within the PUD project area as a planned unit development,” according to an agreement. The Ash Street PUD agreement was signed in 2002 with six plots.
The leases for the Episcopal Church of the Ascension and a Mongolian barbecue restaurant have been terminated. The agreement stated that “on May 4, 1998, the city authorized the release of that portion of Ash Street located within the PUD project area.”
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