As a resident of the apartment complex directly behind the proposed location, and as someone who has to navigate the Hamilton intersection/overpass at least twice a day from both directions (commuting to work), I strongly urge the City to DENY In N Out's attempt to operate a business in this location. Here are the reasons why:
1) As mentioned by many others on this forum, the traffic and congestion as it exists today around Hamilton, Almarida and the 880/17 South off-ramp is hectic and dangerous. Home Depot customers coming from 17 South have to frantically navigate across three lanes to make the turn into their parking lot. Drivers heading on Hamilton westbound for Kohl's and Bed Bath and Beyond shopping have to virtually merge into the 17 off-ramp to get to their destination. To top it off, drivers leaving 17 South often forget that they have their own lane once they reach Hamilton, and make a sudden stop, creating a dangerous scenario for those behind them coming off of the freeway.
2) Let's compare this site with the two closest In N Out Burger locations:
- Santa Teresa Blvd off of Highway 85: Not as close to the freeway as the proposed location. Not directly behind a neighborhood. Placed at a commercial complex with a vast amount of parking spaces and other stores. Both streets adjacent to it have multiple lanes in each direction. Lots of room for the infamous In N Out Burger drive-thru line.
- Coleman Ave near SJC: Not as close to the freeway as the proposed location. Also located in a large commercial zone with much more parking availability than the proposed location. There are no residential areas close by. Tons of room for the drive-thru line.
As you can see, those two existing locations do not present a net-negative effect on their surrounding communities, or traffic patterns. The stark differences between the Hamilton location and those two should be enough to push back against this proposal.
3) There is a very populated residential zone directly behind this location. It is already bad enough for those who have to cut through Almarida to get to their homes. In N Out would exacerbate this problem by many orders of magnitude. Where will the inevitable drive thru line go? The lot itself is much smaller than any other In N Out burger I've been to. Even the McDonalds on Winchester isn't as close to housing as this proposed location. Will anyone who lives right next to In N Out be able to open their windows without smelling fryers or burgers?
Please, for the safety and sanity of the Campbell community, do NOT let this go forward. I am personally a fan of In N Out and enjoy their food, but cannot in any good conscience support something that would be ultimately deleterious to an already dangerous and chaotic intersection. Elephant Bar itself was barely tolerable... this is a bad idea.