By Gene Miner
There is a large variety of reasons for which some of us care about Davis—a comfortable place to live, a small town atmosphere with many amenities, great schools, a lovely place to retire, a great location between the ocean and the mountains, lots of trees, wonderful weather, bicycle friendly, easy access to entertainment, friendly people, and many more that make up a desirable lifestyle.
Whatever our lifestyle, Davis is now under threat of reckless exploitation by out-of-state speculators, such as a certain billion-dollar corporate developer, always under pressure to maintain and expand great wealth and power, and who do not share our concern for Davis as a community.
Davis is an ideal target for this exploitation because of pressures for housing by ordinary citizens and students and faculty of the University of California. A Houston developer constructed and runs the “U” Sterling University apartment complex at Cantrell and Second Street. Unmonitored students living in tiny apartments at the U have been a problem for neighbors and the police. However, the U was built within maximums allowed by the Davis City Plan.
Now the same developer is trying to rush through approval to build an enormously huge apartment complex on the former campus of Families First at 2100 Fifth Street adjacent to the Main Post Office. If built as proposed it would be twice as many small apartments in half the space, FOUR TIMES the density of the U!, and way out of proportion to its neighborhood, not to mention a complete blow-out of the Davis City Plan and zoning; twice as many small apartments in half the space.
Our concern is that the public be aware that this process is in motion now and, if we care about Davis, we are obligated to make sure our city’s commissions and the City Council are aware of our disapproval of this project at the already busy corner of Pole Line and Fifth, shared by the DMV and Post Office and already beginning to feel the pressure from other recently begun new housing .
Please help yourself and us to make our city’s commissions and the City Council aware or our concern by any peaceful means you feel to be appropriate, such as encouraging voter registration, signing petitions, attending City Council and commission meetings, advising your friends and relatives, writing letters to the City Council and the commissions as well as the Davis Enterprise and the Davis Vanguard.