Friday, May 15, 2009
Odds and Ends 117
I'm still working long hours and doing my best with rehearsals for "Upton Sinclair's Singing Jailbirds, the Musical" and I haven't been attending meetings I normally would have attended this month.
It is becoming clearer to me that a new working relationship has taken hold between members of OUR community and the Ponte Vista team.
While it is certainly true that there are still many different ideas surrounding the size and scope of the project, there seems to me more avenues of communication that have opened.
There are still many people and groups that have strong opinions about the number of units and the zoning of the property.
Quite a few members of OUR community still insist that the site remain as it is currently zoned for single-family, detached housing only. These members need to be included with everyone else in the comments and working relations towards finding the best solutions for OUR community.
I am still holding firm to my current belief that the Ponte Vista Project should have equivalent dwelling density to that of The Gardens. I continue to feel that the Ponte Vista Project's team can find ways to include the different types of housing within the number equivalent to The Gardens.
There are a great number of members of OUR community who wish to see the currently preferred number of 1,395-units built on the site.
It is probably true that there are many more opinions in OUR community about the size and amenities at Ponte Vista that haven't been heard from.
There are truly a great number of folks who also don't care about the Ponte Vista at San Pedro Project.
I continue to be encouraged by what I have been learning in the last few months. I don't know what will actually be brought before the Planning Commission when it meets again on this matter.
I strongly suspect the developers will continue to seek the 1,395-unit count whether any of us like it or not. But I do think there is now a team in place that can work much better with OUR community than during "The Bisno Years".
The last newsletter that came in the mail from a realtor was quite dismal.
That realtor painted a bleak picture as far as home values and foreclosures in the area she deals with.
But by the time anything is under construction at Ponte Vista, the market had better be in a much better condition or we are all going to be in some real straights.
The other big development news in the San Pedro area revolves around the new high school campus approved for the Palisades area of San Pedro.
The actual demolition and/or movement of historical buildings on the Upper Reservation of Fort MacArthur has either just begun or will begin very shortly.
There is plenty of asbestos up in them thar buildings and an AQMD inspector was scheduled to visit the site this week.