By Marjorie Beach
I am writing to inform Vanguard readers of the continued opposition of Rancho Yolo residents to the “Revised” Sterling Project proposal. In no way are we now “happy” with the project, nor are we dropping our opposition to it.
The project is basically planned as a large student dorm – without the important amenities and support system that an on-campus college dorm has.
Such a situation is a recipe for a pretty miserable experience – both for the dorm students and for the surrounding neighborhood. Such a large project – and the dorm-like type of project – should be situated immediately adjacent to or on the UCD campus.
Rancho Yolo lies in the midst of many 1,2, and 3 bedroom, mostly student-occupied apartment complexes. These are not incompatible with our community of approximately 260 single-story, single-family homes.
A massive project such as Sterling, occupying a small parcel of land, is not compatible with the neighborhood or with the General Plan. Sterling’s size, its character, the increase in congestion it would contribute to an already busy (and getting busier, with newly built and/or approved projects in the area) – all of these factors request a No vote from our City Council at its April 18th Meeting.
A “No” vote would be for the good of Rancho Yolo, the rest of the neighborhood, East Davis, the potential students, and the City of Davis as a town which seeks to be a family-friendly, student-friendly community.