Letter to Editor: NO to PUC Proposed Development of High Rises in Sunshine Gardens Congested Area

South San Francisco, CA   May 1, 2018  by Cindy Marcopulos, SSF Resident

We, on the Peninsula, are being forced to build more high density housing units by the State.  (Resist Irresponsible Development 4/27/2018) However, we are now in a seven-year drought, recognizing we’re a drought State, and the average family of four  uses 360 gallons of water per day (ref: www.kqed.org/lowdown/11525).  Gov. Brown is selling our water supply to Southern California with its 900-plus golf courses, and has built cities on desert land, to build the peripheral canal — again.
Gov. Brown and the state legislators are dictating how much should be built in our cities, yet the State of California is purposefully, and rightly so, going against Federal deportation laws and cannabis laws. So, why should we adhere to laws that will destroy our quality of life?
Here in South San Francisco, on the commonly referred to  “PUC Site” of 5.9 acres, we have four developers vying to build an 8 -15 story and up to 847 units (times how many people times how many vehicles) at the El Camino Real/Chestnut corridor right next door  to our new Civic Campus that will be two stories high, and across the street from our “beloved old 60-year neighbor” car wash that will be 173 units.  This development does not fit this area and will bring more traffic, more congestion and a loss of quality of life for all South City residents.
The city is using a 2011 General Plan, outdated by seven years,  and although the City holds title to the property, it is hiding behind this inane state law as it invites more and more corporations into our quaint city of 65,000 residents.  The biotech corporations have run out two prospective developers offering 1200 residential units at Oyster Point, an area with ample open space and million dollar views, the perfect location for this high density development.
I suggest we join together and join forces, the cities that are being pushed up against the wall and losing the ambiance of the cities we know and love,  to combat any development that is so high density it will destroy what little quality of life we can preserve.
I am not against residential development, but this development of up to  847 units and up to 15-stories does not fit in this area that adjoins other established neighborhoods. Build it on the east side where the biotechs are saying NIMBY!
Cynthia Marcopulos
South San Francisco, CA

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