An open letter to La Mesa Planning Commission Chair James D. Newland
By Dr. Anthony D. McIvor
March 18, 2018 (La Mesa) -- As 60-year residents of La Mesa, our family objects to The Phair Company’s La Mesa Summit housing proposal. Luxury houses (at $1million+) usually offer green energy and amenities, but the sum of them, for just a handful of buyers, cannot begin to offset the loss to the larger community, if the plan were approved as is.
Barricading the westernmost high point in the city with a private, gated development will reduce the quality of life for all La Mesans who walk, run, cycle and scramble after their dogs in the Summit/Eastridge area – not just now, but forever. Hundreds of La Mesans use these hills in tandem with our famed stairs.
The financial loss to the surrounding homeowners whose views will be diminished and the aggravation inflicted on neighbors who will endure still more traffic on what local folks call the Eastridge Expressway are also high-value negatives.
We urge you to set aside the dubious claim that the Summit project will provide “much needed luxury homes” in La Mesa. With your stewardship, this exceptional parcel can serve a higher civic good and permit Phair to build there, as a partner. These are not exclusive goals.
Surely the city can find a way (public-private partnership?) to save public access to this last undeveloped Pacific-view promontory in La Mesa as a permanent civic resource for the enjoyment and enrichment of residents and visitors.
Please do not let this incomplete proposal destroy your last chance to create a public space in a unique place, for a city proud of the hills in its motto.
Editor’s note: The public may contact James D. Newland, La Mesa Planning Commission Chairman, at 8130 Allison Ave., La Mesa, CA 91941 to voice your views for or against this proposed project.
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