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City Council, Development, Opinion, Santa Monica

Hines Project A Developer's Dream But A Nightmare For Residents: Letter To The Editor

Posted Jan. 28, 2014, 9:48 am

Letter To The Editor

Editor's Note: This is an open letter to the Santa Monica City Council regarding tonight's agenda item of the Hines project.

Dear Mayor O’Connor and Members of the City Council,

Well, here we go again. Unfortunately, in September you have chosen to vote for the proposed Bergamot Transit Village Development despite strong opposition voiced by many residents.

This project is a developer’s dream. But for us Santa Monica residents, it will be a nightmare.

Reading and digesting the 334 pages staff report brings up warning signs, one after another.

In addition to the tremendous increase in density and the questionable calculated traffic increase, we couldn’t find a good explanation why a development of this size would be built on landfill, over an earthquake fault, knowing also that Santa Monica is “sitting on squishy ground.”

Do you remember that the Papermate factory had significant structural damage after the 1994 Earthquake?

To make a long story short, this development is too big and will change Santa Monica into a city that, you should know that by now, residents do not want. Equally important, contrary to the opinion of the Chamber of Commerce, as stated in their letter of January 24, this proposal does not implement the vision created by the people.

If it would, then residents wouldn’t object to it. We realize that some of you are beholden to developers, but it is no justification for voting in favor of oversized developments.

If there ever was a proposal that needs to be sent back to the drawing board for a drastic reduction – this is it! Ask the developer to cut everything in half, and maybe we will get excited about it.


Heinz and Regula K. Ziegler

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Jan. 28, 2014, 12:48:19 pm

KL said...

The Mayor and city council could care less. They only want the money from developers. We need to have a regime change next election. Fire the Mayor and all of the city councilors.

Jan. 28, 2014, 3:51:24 pm

D'Lynn Waldron said...

Along with the squishy ground, our infrastructure cannot support all this over-development. We, not the developers, will have to pay to enlarge our sewer pipes and sewage treatment capacity or we will be living in a cesspool of sewage back-ups. And if you think the utility companies will put in more capacity, come to NW Santa Monica and experience the substandard electricity we have been living with for decades. The mega-bucks build-it-and-run developers don't care that they are destroying our Santa Monica because they won't be living here. D'Lynn Waldron

Feb. 26, 2014, 7:05:51 pm

Pete said...

If you are going to make charges of corruption, please provide evidence. I am sick and tired of people throwing around baseless charges just because they disagree with an issue. Put up or shut up!

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