Letters to the Editor
I attended the first event discussing the owners of South Shore Center, Jamestown Properties’, “South Shore Center Neighborhood Plan. Actually, this was a non-event. Sure, they had some food and wine out, but there were very few chairs available as people gathered to find out what Jamestown’s plans are.
This was not what our Alameda community wanted. Those that were there wanted an explanation from somebody at Jamestown. I expected to hear a speaker from Jamestown explain their plan. There wasn’t even a row of seats to listen to that explanation, much less a microphone to get the word out to the attendees.
Many of us had questions, but nobody was there to answer them. This was a joke.
Jamestown made a lot of locals angrym, and once that happens, it’s hard to win them over.
Television news ran a segment on the proposed 300-unit residential development at South Shore, presenting both sides essentially. Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft said she’s keeping an open mind but that she does not want all lower-income homes. She wants some middle-income ones as well.
Area neighbors expressed concern about the potential for traffic nightmares on Shore Line Drive and Park Street; it reminded me of Bay Farm Island residents’ concerns back in 2015, when developers blew off existing homeowner concerns about similar traffic woes. At least the rep for South Shore and the developer were honest when asked replying, “I can’t deny the impact on traffic from this plan.”
Total contrast to other developers’ hired reps who not only dispute any increase in traffic, but many of them laughably claim “traffic here would, in fact, decrease.” Here’s to South Shore’s honesty.
Though my daughter has a home in Oakland, for various reasons we do not always stay with her. We particularly enjoy staying in Alameda, and I read your newspaper. It is often filled with interesting information about your community.
We are grateful this visit because we had an extended stay following hip surgery for my husband. Through the Alameda Sun, we learned about the Fourth of July Parade. We were then delighted to find the Official Parade Program with the order of the march in your paper.
We were able to watch the parade from our car and the residents of Alameda left an opening for us to watch the entire parade.
Many thanks for the Alameda Sun.