Portola Valley report on affordable housing
Original post made on Jun 13, 2013
Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 13, 2013, 11:32 AM
on Jun 13, 2013 at 12:17 pm
The final portion of this statement (see excerpt below) has been a mantra in other articles, and is opinion, partial truth, not pure fact. It feels as if the reporter employs the premise that if you say it often enough, it becomes the truth. An article on the history of this issue would be welcomed but in general it appears the powers that be prefer to move forward rather than dipping back into history --- tho' we all know acknowledging history is the best way to avoid repeating it. Most signals from last night's meeting bode well for an open and community-wide effort going forward regarding the Affordable Housing issue.
The council came very close to buying a 1.68-acre former nursery at 900 Portola Road for some small number of condos that would have been unaffiliated. This proposal elicited vigorous opposition from single-family homeowners on nearby Wyndham Drive. The council was acting hastily, the neighbors said, and in secret, complaints that were at odds with the record.
News reporting should be fact, not opinion, please.
on Jun 13, 2013 at 2:26 pm
Uh oh. There's goes the neighborhood!
on Jun 13, 2013 at 5:02 pm
I'm not opposed to condos, but with the cost of dirt being what it is in PV today, it's hard to imagine being able to build a project that would actually be affordable to individuals making $86,500 or $123,000 for a family of four. If the town owned a parcel where the basis was low enough to make my former statement wrong, I suppose it may be possible. However, it doesn't seem the case and the town needs to buy a parcel on the open market. My hunch is that there's enough money and motivation in PV as individuals or group investors to outbid the town in an open market situation so as to effectively block any development proponents don't want built.