South San Francisco, CA April 12, 2016
The South San Francisco City Council meeting tomorrow evening, Wednesday April 13th, will include a public hearing on the proposed Affordable Senior Housing to fill 4 small vacant lots (one is a parking lot) in the downtown area on Miller Avenue and Tamarack Lane. The .56 acre would be home to a 5 story (65′) to include 81 units; 80 for low to moderate income seniors (over 55 years of age) and 1 unit for the manager. A community room would also be available for SSF Rotarians use.
Neighbors site parking, traffic and blocking of light as the major concerns, while acknowledging more affordable housing is needed. A neighborhood meeting by the developer was held last July with only 10 residents in attendance. As this neighborhood is under the Historic Old Town Homeowners and Renters Association oversite, it appears there has been no outreach to give voice to the neighbors concerns, once again missing an opportunity to help build a stronger neighborhood.
Individual letters have been written to the SSF Planning Dept and are on record, and Everything South City continues to receive emails and messages as well.Because the City of South San Francisco and the developers have multiple ways, and finances, to share information and our neighbors not so much, Everything South City is sharing their comments sent to the City and to ESC, to give voice and visibility our neighbors deserve. While we know the development is needed and will be passed, neighbors still need to be heard and acknowledged with hopes the City, at most mitigate their concerns, and at the very least be prepared when parking and traffic become more problematic.
Parking in the Miller/Tamarack/Linden area is already a major issue, especially on trash pickup days, and neighbors continue to oppose this project as it stands offering only 39 parking places. (The developer requested a reduction of 2 required places from 41 to 39 places) . The City maintains the parking structure on Miller Avenue will be adequate and note the seniors will have access to other types of transportation in the area. ESC has received comments that many living in this area are working class, having trucks that will not fit into the parking structure due to height limitation further compounds frustrations.
Additional concerns site height reducing sun exposure to existing homes, traffic especially when considering Tamarack Lane is one-way, and garbage day concerns of parking. Other comments we have received include (summarized) *inconvenience of parking in the structure rather than in front or near by resident homes: *cannot take children and other items at the same time from parking to home (kids school supplies, grocery bags, sports items, etc), *fear of night time walking to/from in the area, *why must they sacrifice from City poor planning, *fear of stolen cars/ break ins while parked in lot, *my work truck won’t fit in the structure, *this literally blocks my house, *without sunlight my house will get moldy *what about my quality of life *will local residents be allowed to move in or *is this just for outsiders moving in as happened with the place on El Camino Real (636 ECR), *who picks who moves in, *how are strollers/wheel chairs to get by on such narrow sidewalks? out in the street? *we need low income housing for families, *Rotary does good work for seniors, *SSF seniors deserve to live here, and *how can more people keep moving in when there is a drought.
With continued large developments coming into the downtown area City officials would be wise to find ways to address parking,traffic, and congestion concerns as it is their job to find a balance that is fair and equitable to all stake holders involved.
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City Council Meetings are held every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 7pm at the Municipal Services Building 33 Arroyo Drive SSF. If you attend and would like to speak fill out a speaker card at the back of the room and return it to the City Clerk at the front of the room and wait for your name to be called. City Council meetings can be viewed in real time on the City website CLICK HERE or on your local community channelAstound CH 26 Comcast CH 27 AT&T CH 99