Sunnyvale City Hall is pursuing a concept to sell off substantial portions of the city-owned land and open space in the nine square blocks between Mathilda and Pastoria and from El Camino to just south of Iowa Ave.
This plan was first revealed to some residents at the July 31 2012 special council meeting, held at the Sunnyvale Public Library and not televised or video or audio recorded. The meeting was supposed to deal with the Library and Civic Center Facility Options. No notice was given that the city government was going to propose the sale.
Residents were cut off from commenting on the proposal during the special meeting by claims from the city manager’s office that the councilmembers had to leave the building to go to the regular meeting at city hall. There was no explanation as to why the proposed sale was not spelled out on the agenda and scheduled for the regular meeting to allow feedback from Sunnyvale residents.
The adjacent city photograph depicts how the area would be densely rebuilt, removing open space and many significant trees. Under the plan, it looks like the Charles St. organic community garden will be discontinued.
This plan to sell off substantial portions of city-owned land and open space needs to be widely known and discussed, so all those in dismay can rally opposition.
Stopping the sale of approximately 14 acres of city land and open space, and stopping the building of very high density housing and commercial towers where the library and city hall now stand, require residents to let the city government know this is unacceptable.
For more information visit Citizens for Sunnyvale Parks and Green Spaces.