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Specific Plan mix of uses

From: domainremoved <Patti>
Date: Tue, 15 Dec 2015 16:54:17 -0800

Dear Council
The El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan was designed to promote an
expected mix of uses, both for individual projects and for the area as a

Using data that was available, the attached analysis shows that the
expected mix is not happening, by a long shot. So far, considerable
retail/restaurant space is lost compared to what was expected and in
absolute terms if all projects in the pipeline are approved as proposed.
What good was the plan if its implementation doesn't come remotely close to
what was projected?

The balance of uses matters. It's what supports a residential community
like ours - especially retention of stores and restaurants that add
vibrancy, convenience, and sales tax revenue.

A couple of the largest properties are already in play. Others, such as the
Big 5 shopping center are likely to be redeveloped some time in the next 25
years. All of that retail could be lost, since the Specific Plan has no
requirement to retain any of it. The same goes for the Safeway shopping

You have an opportunity now to address the mix. Do not kick the can down
the road.


Received on Tue Dec 15 2015 - 16:57:06 PST

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