Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Red Car Property: Land Grab? BS? Fence Supposed To Prevent Dumping And Protect New Planting

Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor #1, September 18, 2016.  When grading for the Riverside Drive project between Gilroy and Clearwater went over the property line, endangering native trees, it was bad enough, but then the developer made a land grab with a fence across the Red Car Property.  (Click on photos to enlarge.)
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor #2, September 18, 2016. The bulldozer took out two  concrete post property line markers that marked the rear property line of the Riverside Drive lots as they met the Red Car Property.  The posts had been in place for over 100 years and are still in place in parts of the not only this neighborhood, but wherever the Red Car Trolleys ran in Southern California.  Railroads nationwide, marked their property with the steel reinforced concrete posts.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor #2, September 23, 2016.  But as soon as the fence went across the flat part of the Red Car Property, leaving only a narrow weed strewn path to walk or ride your bike on, neighbors and other Red Car Property users freaked out.  We sent photos to the property owner's rep who said they had met with the property owner last week and a fence would be coming, but he did not say it was going to be one that appeared to take a 70' wide portion of the property. We pointed out the lack of fire and emergency vehicle access was indeed a problem particularly since the upslope portion adjacent to homes on Adelbert Ave still had not been cleared of brush.  The next day, brush clearance was done.
Photo: Red Car Property Neighbor #3, September 22, 2016. The fence seemed more designed to illicit a buzz, get free PR for a rather gentrifying project on Riverside Drive, between Gilroy and Clearwater.  And yes, I say this after speaking to the architect for the Riverside Drive lots.  He told me the fence was intended to prevent dumping and protect the trees they're going to plant BEFORE they start grading.  Right.  Before. 

We'll revisit the fence tomorrow.