Courtesy Gina Senzatimore
I am a Sunnyvale resident concerned and outraged over the high-density housing, tall buildings and overdevelopment throughout our city, and especially in north Sunnyvale. The proposed East Weddell Project, currently zoned commercial, is intense enough to require an Environmental Impact Report EIR and is in process.
This Project proposes 670 apartments, on contaminated soil at 610 East Weddell (formerly Analog Devices) with an application for a general plan and zoning change. It’s already a traffic nightmare here.
Since 2004, almost every piece of land, now call “Tasman Crossing” is or has been developed with dense, multi level housing, condos, townhomes or apartments. There are five-story apartments and new apartments still being built.
The streets are not pedestrian-friendly, despite new sidewalks. Cars speed 50-60 miles per hour on Fair Oaks (the speed limit is 45) and is like a freeway. The speed limit should be slowed down now that the area has changed from commercial to residential.
Enough is enough. It has to stop.
The roads are already clogged, traffic noise is awful, and we have been listening to the sound of construction and trees being cut down for too long. We are also frightened of the toxic emissions that will be released from the demolition of the existing buildings, and known ground contaminants that place our community in a high-risk category.
Many people walk to the light rail on Tasman, yet cars reluctantly yield to people in crosswalks and run red lights at Fair Oaks and Weddell. During the morning commute and evening rush home, this area is busy, fast and dangerous. There have been many accidents, some fatal. Beautiful trees have been removed.
All Sunnyvale residents should know that more developments are being planned here; 97 luxury apartments on Fair Oaks (between Weddell and Tasman) are being built, plus two huge apartment complexes (totaling over 670 units) on Weddell Drive. This will only congest the area more, as well as the entire city.
We have yet to see the completion of a new park on Morse Avenue (I hear it won’t be completed until 2015). I see no plans for any new schools. We need a high school on this side of town (Sunnyvale High, part 2?). My daughter has a two-hour commute every day on public transportation to Fremont High. It is ridiculous.
Sunnyvale residents need to know this is going on throughout our city.
Meanwhile, I am informing my neighbors how our only access road, E. Weddell Drive, will be a bottleneck every morning and evening. The city has downplayed the size of these developments, sent letters to a small radius of residents (even though we all use the same roads), leaving many in the dark or misinformed. Neighbors don’t realize the plans are for a four-story building with a four-story parking garage. This is just one story less than the towering Via apartments on Tasman, which many thought would include affordable senior housing (which turned out to not be true).
Just trying to get out to the intersection will back up cars into our neighborhood. We have one driveway in and out of our community – East Weddell. Adding hundreds of cars to our small street will inconvenience every resident who is trying to get to work, take their children to school, and, as my 80-year-old neighbor does, get to bingo on Monday nights.
If you aren’t outraged, you aren’t paying attention.
Gina Senzatimore Sunnyvale