The Cannery developers avoided one controversy when they announced last week they were withdrawing their request for changes to the development that had “requested an increase in the approved 25,000 square foot tenant building to 34,000 square feet for a fitness center.”
However, they kept alive a request for “proposed revisions on the West Side of the project site, which includes the 54 additional apartment units.”
Originally the meeting was expected to occur this Tuesday, but it has been re-scheduled for March 20.
Lesser known than the fitness center issue, the applicant has proposed 54 additional residential units, for a total of 90 one- and two-bedroom apartment units on the west side. The units would consist of 12 units located above a retail building and 78 units located in two apartment buildings.
However, the Vanguard has learned that this proposal is drawing criticism from neighbors and residents of the Cannery.
Here is one such letter, sent to the council as an email and acquired by the Vanguard:
Dear Mayor Davis and City Council members:
We are writing to you as voting citizens of Davis, and residents of the Cannery Development. We request that you do not allow any further residential complexes be approved as part of the Cannery project. Specifically, do not allow the additional apartments that Leeland Enterprises is proposing as part of the Market Place in the southwest corner of the development.
For all residents who reside on the west side of the Cannery, the normal path of ingress and egress is on Cannery Loop that already goes by the Bartlett Commons apartments, and will soon pass by the added 120 Gala condominium flats as well as the Market Place commercial area. The streets are narrow, allow parking on both sides, and are already becoming congested. Add to this mix a dog park, a basketball court, the entrance to the park (with bocce ball courts, children’s playground and amphitheater), and many children and adults walking, playing and riding bikes. It will surely become a very congested bottleneck.
From the time we first bought into the Cannery Development farm-to-table community, it has been an ongoing ‘bait and switch’ marketing plan. The farm can’t currently be farmed due to poor soil conditions that will take a few years to correct. Lots shown on the master plan that would be Sage homes by the New Home Company were sold for custom homes by other contractors / developers – resulting in a lack of consistency. The Gala condominium flats were to have four units per floor, for a total of 96 units; but, this was changed to five per floor for a total of 120 units. And, now the land for the planned boutique style commercial area was sold by the New Home Company to a Marketing Developer that people know very little about. My understanding is that interest by merchants who want to come to this area has been underwhelming. So, to maximize profits from the investment, the developer of course wants to add more residential rental units. We are told that these would be for professionals, and not for students. We were told that same thing when we purchased our townhome. But, when several of the same model didn’t sell rapidly, they were sold to investors who are using them for college student rentals. As homes have come up for sale, several more were purchased by these investors. And, we have been told by their realtor the investors intend to continue purchasing townhomes and flats as they become available. This already has, and will continue to increase the number of people and vehicles to more than were planned for.
Enough is enough. When the Cannery is built to completion it is going to already be a crowded multi-use community on a small footprint. Please don’t allow this community to be ruined by more residential rental units in an area that was always planned to be light commercial. Doing so would have a negative impact on our living conditions, what we bought into, our property values, and our feelings toward you as elected officials.