Letters to the Editor

Development would harm neighborhood | Letters | Aug. 26

For the past year and a half, the Cave Avenue neighborhood has been trying to get the city planning staff to consider our concerns about the proposed Tawresey SUB1535 housing development that would severely and negatively affect our safe downtown neighborhood.

To date, our efforts have been to no avail. Fortunately, a hearing examiner has listened to our concerns and twice sent the  proposal back to city staff because of issues of safety, setbacks and traffic.

In the July 15 Review, 17-year Cave neighborhood resident Kathleen Alcala described the numerous reasons, including those cited by the hearing examiner, how this proposed inappropriately dense subdivision would destroy our livable city area.

In the July 22 Review, the developer proposing the subdivision – who does not live in our neighborhood – said his plan is “under attack by those who do not do their homework.” But he offered no facts to back up his claim.

We fear the only “homework” we haven’t done is spend inordinate amounts of time courting planners who seem far more willing to approve any development bringing the city money than to examine questions raised by neighbors impacted by such development.

In that same July 22 issue, 17 residents of our neighborhood, plus leaders of Cave Avenue’s daycare and preschool, signed a letter inviting the City Council and city staff to walk our neighborhood to see for themselves when we’re concerned.

No one from the city has responded to our offer, much less taken us up on it.

So, on behalf of our neighbors, we not only renew our invitation but extend it to Planning Commission members, City Council candidates and representatives of other island neighborhoods who may be facing similar challenges to their quality of life in the future.

Cave Avenue residents: Hilary Hilscher, Bob Barbo, Lee Shugart, Ruthee Curley, Anton Huggler

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