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Planning Commission to consider Midwick Development zoning change

Planning Commission Hearing on July 21st in the Council Chambers of the Alhambra City Hall at 7 PM. 

Alhambra Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on a proposed change in zoning for the Midwick Project at 2400 South Freemont. The developer is asking for a recommendation for approval to change the zoning designation on the portion of the development on Carlos Street from mix Low Density and High Density to High Density. Also requested are related applications regarding the construction of 30 townhome units and 40 single-family residential dwelling units.  

 

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4 thoughts on “Planning Commission to consider Midwick Development zoning change”

  1. Joeseph, I agree with you that mixed use and transit-oriented development can be a big step toward helping people get out of their cars and use other modes of transportation such as rail, bus, bikes and walking. However for this to happen planning is needed to accommodate increased transportation needs that result from TOD projects.

    From what I have observed your city has not addressed the long term transportation needs of your city and thus remains committed to the status quo which is the private automobile.  This might have been OK in 1960, but conditions have changed dramatically. The most visible example is the council’s position on the SR-710 tunnel extension. This expensive project will not solve transportation problems for residents and will most likely make traffic worse. Supporters of the project have given people the impression that it will be a free underground tunnel that will help them get to other parts of Alhambra and points north and south faster. This is not correct. First of all, the tunnel will not be free. There will be a toll of at least $5 per one way trip. Second, there will be no exits/entrances other than the north and south entrances of the tunnel which will extend from the 10 freeway to the 134-210 freeway junction in Pasadena. Alhambra residents who wish to visit Pasadena will have to drive down to the 10 freeway, pay the toll and exit at the 134 or 210, or they will have to take surface streets. The tunnel will cost at least $5.5 billion to build, but the final cost will be much more, based on overruns incurred in previous and current tunnel projects. For example, the Big Dig in Boston, a tunnel much smaller than the proposed 710 tunnel, was budgeted at $3 billion but the final cost ran to about $25 billion. Another project in Seattle, the Alaska Way tunnel, which is in progress or actually, currently stalled with less than 25% completed, is already facing an increase of $125 million+ in additional costs as the result of damage to the tunnel boring machine. The budgets for these projects make one consider whether this the best use of public funds. Will the benefits of this project outweigh its costs?

    As you point out in your comments, “I'm a little sketchy on that one. Is our current bus system good enough? Should we be thinking about a better public transportation system that integrates with this mixed use concept?” These are excellent questions and should be addressed to your city leaders.

    You might want to see what other cities are doing to tackle the issue of transportation. I am not currently a resident of Alhambra but I grew up in the city and graduated from AHS, so I am familiar with its geography. If I lived there today, I would want a light rail that connects me to neighboring cities, improved bus routes, safe streets for pedestrians and bikes. Connectivity is key. There is no point in having dense development if transportation plans do not address traffic impacts. And you are right we need to reduce our dependency on cars. Many cities are planning toward this end. More importantly transportation planning is related to many other issues such as pollution, health, safety, climate change, quality of life. You are right to be concerned about how your city will plan for the future.

     

  2. Based on these comments, the City Council and Planning Commission seem to be saying:  “Our mind is made up.  Don't confuse us with the facts (and your opinions).”   The almighty dollar rules because it's all about the bottom line!

  3. They don't listen to the residents.  These meetings are just for show.  They don't listen.  OUTRAGEOUS.  They've been in power for too long.

  4. Alhambra Resident

    This is terrible. Why is the city so duplicitous?! They complain about traffic on Fremont then want to INCREASE traffic on Fremont, with overdevelopment projects. 

    Everyone should go to this to share their thoughts.