Residents on the Westside are opposing a proposed modern industrial-style building they consider “radically incompatible with our charming older neighborhood.” On August 23, they will be making a presentation and speaking in front of City Council, appealing the approval of the project by the Architectural Board of Review.
An e-mail is currently circulating to bring attention to their concerns. It reads:
“Many people around the city are opposed to this project. If this project is built, it sets a bad precedent for the entire city. The proposed project includes metal siding and metal roof, which gives this modern style an industrial look. 4 organizations are opposing the project as well.
To show City Council that many people around the city are concerned, I just started an online petition to make it easy for people to sign at their convenience. We would like to present City Council with at least 100 signatures opposing the project. 50 close neighbors already signed a petition opposing the project. If you would like to show your opposition for this project and ask City Council to overturn the ABR approvals, please sign this petition.
Please sign the petition to ask City Council to overturn the approval. Please pass this petition along to others who might sign as well.
There are more details about the project on the petition website.
One of the issues that will be brought up to City Council is the incredible amount of bias and mishandling this project has had by the project architect (who is a member of the Architectural Board of Review), the city planning staff, and the Architectural Board of Review.
Originally this project was not getting approvals due to lack of neighborhood compatibility. Once the property owner let the original architect go and hired an architect who sits on the Architectural Board of Review (ABR), the project got approvals. It appears this ABR member was using his position to unfairly influence staff about this project. Due to initial evidence of conflict of interest by this ABR member, the CA Fair Political Practices Commission is currently pursuing an investigation.
If you want to express your opposition further, you can write a letter to City Council, and/or attend the City Council public hearing on Aug 23.”