Easy airport access!
The final environmental impact report for the sixth phase of development of Harbor Bay Village is available now on the city’s website. At 233 pages, it’s got something for everyone. The developer wants to build 104 homes on land that had been zoned for a business park (it sits between office buildings and existing homes). It’s a half mile from the main airstrip at Oakland International Airport. It may, just may, sit on or near a former Native American site. Some of which Chinese Christian plans to use to expand their new school. It could make congestion on at least one highly trafficked intersection worse. And could trigger a new round of lawsuits over a development that has generated more than its fair share. They pissed off the folks at Peet’s, for gosh sakes. And what are they going to do to protect the squirrels and skunks that live there now? Did we mention that it could be a very, very loud and possibly smelly place to live? The Planning Board is holding a hearing to consider the report on Monday, May 12 (we’re giving you the head’s up a little earlier than usual, to give you time to read it all).
Speaking of the Planning Board, it may soon see the seat vacated by Gina Mariani filled: The mayor nominated Arthur Autorino for the job late last night. Autorino currently sits on the city’s Economic Development Commission. If approved by the council, he would fill the rest of Mariani’s term, which expires on June 30, 2011.