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Re: “Letters for Week of May 13, 2015

Sorry Kevin if I was only partially correct. Phase I affordable housing at San Leandro BART mixed with seniors units in Phase II. Considering both BART stations in that city and despite a specific plan along E 14th street for the last 25 years and that's it, excuse me if I am still underwhelmed. My point remains that until citizens and politicians are willing to talk honestly about race and privilege, construction of affordable housing is not going to happen. Here a couple more examples for you, The City of Livermore has been in a battle with Alameda County for the last 20 years about what happens in N Livermore. N Livermore is comprised of 30,000 acre north of I-580 that is totally flat and ripe for development. Part of it is in the city and part is in the county. The area has been the subject of law suits, several voter iniatives and settlement agreements over this time period. The issue is not only how much housing is appropriate but what kind of housing is politically acceptable. The citizens fear that the county will build all of their affordable housing there and that is unacceptable because it will bring undesirables to town. In the 1990's, when Danville was experiencing major growth along Camino Tassajara, a major residential developer voluntarily proposed to modify the last phase of a market rate single family subdivision and build townhouses affordable to families in the 80-120% of median income range. After the plan went public, the developers own homeowners in the early phases of the project bombarded the Town and the developer with objections to any project that would attract "those" people. At the time, "those" people for Danville, would have included policeman, fireman, teachers, nurses and public sector employees. After considering the bumpy road ahead, the developer pulled the project and built out the subdivision with single family housing. Again, until we talk honestly about race and privilege, we are kidding ourselves. Unfortunately, there are not enough George Lucas types to go around.

Posted by Gary Patton on 05/14/2015 at 9:26 AM

Re: “Letters for Week of May 13, 2015

Gary Patton's statement that the only multiple-family housing at San Leandro BART is for seniors is incorrect. The publicity for this complex has always emphasized that it includes family housing without age restrictions.
Kevin Walsh
San Leandro

From the City's website:

The estimated timelines for the two proposed phases of the Marea Alta are below:

Phase I (Family Housing – 115 units)

March 2014 – Low income housing tax credit (LIHTC) deadline
June 2014 – LIHTC award
July 2014 – Building permit submittals
December 2014 – Start of construction
May 2016 – Construction completed

Phase II (Senior Housing – 85 units)

July 2016 – LIHTC application
September 2016 – LIHTC award
November 2016 – Building permit submittals
March 2017 – Start of construction
August 2018 – Construction completed

Posted by Kevin Walsh on 05/14/2015 at 5:22 AM

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