September 11, 2004

Community Meeting for E.14th St. Development Proposal on Sept. 21

The second community meeting to discuss the proposed "workforce housing" development at the corner of E. 14th St. and Estabrook St. will take place at the First United Methodist Church on September 21, 2004, from 7pm to 8:30pm.

The previous meeting was held on August 19, 2004, and local residents expressed numerous concerns about:

  • parking, which is already in short supply
  • increased crime
  • lower property values
  • increased traffic

The reason that people expressed these concerns is because "workforce housing" is a euphemism for low-income housing. According to its website, the developer, Resources for Community Development (RCD) "is a nonprofit housing development corporation with the mission of creating and preserving affordable housing..." RCD has built more than 900 units of housing since 1984.

According to RCD's flyer, at this second meeting, RCD "will focus on:

  • Responses to neighborhood concerns
  • Response to questions regarding workforce housing
  • Presentation of RCD's work/track record
  • Discussion of potential design concepts
  • Next steps"

If you live in the area and need an enticement to come to the meeting, refreshments will be provided.

For more information about the meeting, call Maryann Leshin at (510) 635-2778 or Natalie Bonnewit at (510) 841-4410, extension 19.

You can see pictures and descriptions of RCD's projects here.

Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at September 11, 2004 7:10 PM | TrackBack
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