Nine homeowners are currently fighting a losing battle against the re-development of 20 apartments behind us on the 1600 block of Avenue E. To add units, the developer will pave our alley and turn it into a two-way street to be the sole access for 16 apartments. We were notified about the alley just weeks before a hearing when the special review to increase the population density will be discussed. We asked the developer to rethink the design and leave our alley as it is. They said they don't need our permission to take over our alley.
I learned from the city attorney's office that the city has already decided to conditionally approve the project, before the scheduled hearing, our only chance to voice our concerns. Our attempts to hire an attorney resulted in 22 conflicts of interest with the developer. We are up against a powerful developer who has made many charitable donations within our community. I suspect this is why I can find no one to help us fight them.
We are nine homeowners losing our privacy, resale value, and wonderful backyard living. I do not believe we will be the last.
The City Council is our last option. I ask homeowners to look into your backyards and imagine your private alley becoming a city street. How would that affect your lives and property values? Then please call your City Council representatives and ask them to oppose City Special Review #904.
Michelle Cormier Lee