Emeryville's Weak General Plan Can't Withstand Developer's Desires
Emeryville's old General Plan recognized the town's formerly extensive portfolio of vernacular historic buildings should not be torn down but instead they should be saved and rehabilitated. That old plan was replaced with our new plan a few years ago. The new plan cost us four million dollars and allowed for, among other things, much denser development. But one thing that didn't change was the call to save Emeryville's significant historic buildings. The new General Plan qualifies how historic buildings are valuable enough to be left intact. It's very unequivocal on this. So unassailable is this seemingly abstract concept in our General Plan, the scale is quantified to individual buildings. Each individual building is specifically listed, deemed historically and/or architecturally significant.
So bestowed was the recently torn down 3900 Adeline Street; after a multi-year Dresden like campaign of building demolition in town, it was one of Emeryville's last buildings determined to be both architecturally and historically significant.
|3900 Adeline Street last week|
"architecturally & historically significant"
If we value community here in Emeryville, this pogrom of historic building destruction is a funny way to show it.
This save-our-heritage sentiment isn't just our opinion. It's the people of Emeryville that want to save these old buildings. Our new General Plan, so clear on the fate of 3900 Adeline (and the others) was actually written by the residents themselves. So many citizens helped formulate the Plan, it received an award for democratic vetting: more than 25% of our citizens took part in the numerous General Plan scoping meetings, a California record for a town our size.
|John Protopappas CEO|
Madison Park Financial
Their ironic slogan:
"Commitment to Community".
We're supposed to lose our soul
because he needs Corinthian leather
in his Mercedes.
Push overs they are and the City of Emeryville will not ever make a dime off this transformation; our coffers will not benefit but Mr Protopappas sure will. The residents will gain lot's more traffic generated by the drive-in drive-out tower and lose something we're clamoring for; an authentic sense of place, the same thing our General Plan says is essential for a livable town.
It's absurd. The majority of the people of Emeryville can't seem to get their wishes met. Those who might have looked to our General Plan for protection have been repudiated. Our General Plan is a weak and pathetic thing. It's been shown to really only exist to lend a sense of legitimacy for City Hall as it comports among real cities. A four million dollar document merely to give the impression that Emeryville is a real town..."General Plan? yeah, we got one of those..."
The will of the people of Emeryville is only as strong as the capricious whims of three Council members who feel developer's pain as it turns out. Our General Plan isn't as strong as these Council members default position to help out their developer friends who's bank accounts are wanting.
The only thing that will change this terrible exigency is to change the Council majority. November looms....
|Emeryville, we've got your General Plan right here.|
|3900 Adeline Street this week|
Here's what we think of "architecturally and historically significant".