I am a "YES" vote for In-N-Out in Campbell. I do not think there is any validity to the great "In-N-Out panic of 2017". Understanding the Hamann Park area as well as I do, having grown up on Almarida Dr. (1014), I can appreciate the worries about traffic in reference to the proposed In-N-Out, as it will have an impact as the road layout currently exists. SUGGESTION? One very practical solution would be to make this simple change in traffic flow by ending Almarida Northbound from Hamilton at the circular at David Ave. No through road, no negative traffic impact to the Hamann Park neighborhood and considerably less safety issues. This intersection (Hamilton/Almarida) was very dangerous growing up as it had no signal light. As such, most everyone went out Central Ave. to Hamilton, or out Payne Ave. to Winchester. Doing this would essentially turn that southern most part of Almarida Dr. (the part that runs from Hamilton to David Ave.) into a commercial through way for the businesses and the southeast side of the Franciscan apartments. Overall, a very logical solution holding enhanced safety features that could likely improve property values at the southeast end of the Hamann Park neighborhood. Having the knowledge of the old Mercury News paper routes throughout Hamann Park as a kid, I can assure you there are no shortage of alternative ingress/egress solutions for the neighborhood with ~16 alternative routes. Additionally, as a 50 year resident of Campbell, and currently semi-retired, I drive through the area intersections many, many times a week at various hours so I am very familiar with the traffic flow. Will there be an impact? 'Yes', absolutely. Will it be a continual 'Burger Apocalypse 24/7 gridlock traffic jam'? NO. Based on the information I have read which was available here on the city website, it appears to me that the proposed occupant has a good plan for customer flow. This is clearly not their first rodeo, nor their first attempt at placing a restaurant near a busy intersection. Though In-N-Out overall seems to be highly desired from the people I have discussed this with, apparently, at least here in Campbell, there is a lot of opposition (NIMBY...) in general to these types of restaurants lately. First it was "The Habit Burger" in my current neighborhood of Pruneyard/Dry Creek. It was said at the time that it was proposed, that "The Habit Burger" restaurant would ruin the Campbell Ave./Bascom Ave. traffic flow and cause untold distress to the surrounding neighborhoods (didn't happen folks...). It was insinuated at the time that the City of Campbell wasn't doing their job on researching the potential problems with traffic, etc.
Well, apparently the City of Campbell planning Dept. did do their due diligence and the result is another dining option not previously available with few, if any repercussions. Then, it was (and still is) the lobby to stop 'Steak N Shake' going in on Campbell Ave. Now it is In-N-Out. Enough already. Admittedly, humans don't 'do' change well, and that is a scientific fact. But really, citizens that dwell near major thoroughfares need to accept that Campbell is changing. Traffic overall is increasing. The demographic is evolving due to the demands of this area such that everyone here feels they have less time. Naturally the tastes and desires of the majority of Campbell and SW SJ working residents are skewing toward the desire for an enhanced variety of the 'quicker food service' establishments such as In-N-Out, The Habit Burger and Steak N Shake. I will also share that I was born in LA and have watched the measured, planned, build-out of this exemplary run "Family Owned" business called In-N-Out as it slowly expanded northward. Very seldom do you find one even a 1/4 mile off a major interchange. This fact is driven by a purpose - being located right at the intersection of the highway has proven to be the best possible place to service their customers for all concerned. A lot of Campbell citizens want an In-N-Out here. In-N-Out wants to come to Campbell. Knowing "someone, somewhere" will be impacted by an In-N-Out located in Campbell, no matter where it goes, the question is this: Where else is there an available location, Inside a 1/4 of a mile of the only "major interchange" in Campbell, which is centrally convenient, that is able to service the maximum number of citizens in Campbell and southwestern SJ like this one? I.E., a location that jointly meets the needs of the greater community overall and also meets the business location guidelines and customer service goals of this very popular, fairly healthy (all things 'fast-food' concerned...) enterprise?