801 El Camino Real Project is Highly Flawed
Original post made by konrad M. Sosnow, Cuesta Park, on Jan 3, 2014
The 2030 General Plan, in the Quality of Life section, states that "The General Plan seeks to maintain this high-quality environment by preserving the land uses within most neighborhoods and establishing policies to help enhance and support their distinct characters. Most of the General Plan change in the city is focused in the North Bayshore area and along transit corridors in the East Whisman, El Camino Real and San Antonio areas"
801 El Camino Real is actually a project that is primarily along Castro Street and not El Camino Real. Thus, it should not be zoned as along a transit corridor per the 2030 General Plan, el camino real change area, LUD 20.2: Focused intensive development. Allow more intensive development in key locations based on factors such as lot size, character of surrounding land uses, distance to transit facilities and opportunities to improve a site.
Rather, it should be zoned as part of the Cuesta Park neighborhood and this high-quality environment should be maintained by preserving the land uses within the neighborhood.
801 El Camino Real Will Increase Congestion along El Camino Real
The development at 801 El Camino Real will add 176 cars to the already congested El Camino Real, thus increasing congestion along this important route. All retail traffic in and out of the development will be forced into the existing alley, which will be shared by delivery truck traffic and garbage pickup for the businesses and residents. Increased traffic in the area will pose safety issues for pedestrians, school children, bicyclists, and even drivers.
801 Camino Real Will Have Inadequate Parking.
The 170 one, two, and three bedroom apartment units will have only 176 underground parking spaces for residents only. In addition, the current 162 parking spaces for existing retail would be reduced by 59 spaces, about 1/3 less, and shared by retail customers and employees, apartment employees, and residents of the 170 units and their guests. Also, there is no designated guest parking for the development.
The result will be tenants of 801 Camino Real, and their guests will be forced to park in the streets of the Cuesta Park Neighborhood, destroying the quality of life for the residents of Cuesta Park.
801 Camino Real Will Tower Over the Neighborhood Single Story Residence
The proposed development is 4 stories next to single story residences. How would you like this mammoth project next to your home? How would you like your neighbors to be able to look into your backyard?
801 El Camino Real Will Negatively Impact Local Businesses.
Gochi's Japanese Fusion Restaurant will be excluded from the development and forced to close or relocate. Rose Market will not be accommodated during the 2 year construction phase so they can actually remain in business. There is no guarantee that they will not permanently relocate or even close.