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Fear Of Traffic Pits Neighborhood Against Senior Housing

San Diego could have 60 more affordable housing units for seniors in Allied Gardens if the City Council approves it. But a lot of the residents who live there hope they won't.

Aired 2/26/13 on KPBS News.

San Diego could have 60 more affordable housing units for seniors if the City Council approves it, and some residents of Allied Gardens hope they won't.

The apartment building Village at Zion is planned for the village center of Allied Gardens.

The project is called "Village at Zion" for its location on Zion Avenue. Near the corner of Waring Road, the apartment building would be built on a vacant lot that is across the street from a park and a recreation center, and about a block away from a school.

The apartment building was opposed by two local planning councils and by many neighbors like Pat Burkes, who said she has owned a home in Allied Gardens for 34 years. She said the apartment building brings too much density and traffic to a neighborhood of single-family homes.

"The place where they want to put a very dense pocket of people is at the very heart of our neighborhood," she said.

But supporters say that's the very reason why Village at Zion has found a great location. In addition to being near a park, the apartment house would be one block from a small shopping center with an Albertson's grocery store.

"We need to have more opportunities for people to live within walking distance of amenities like rec centers, libraries and shopping centers," said Elyse Lowe with the transit advocacy group Move San Diego.

The San Diego City Council will vote Tuesday on whether to approve a conditional use permit for Village at Zion. The apartment building would be two stories with a parking garage underneath.

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slmauzy | February 26, 2013 at 7:48 a.m. ― 1 year, 1 month ago

Traversing Zion Ave. and Waring Rd. can be dangerous for all ages. These are very busy thoroughfares. Our neighborhood is used to get to the 15, the 8 and San Diego State instead of Mission Gorge Rd or College Ave. Don't forget Kaiser Hospital at the end of Zion. The Allied Gardens and Navaho Planning Committees are asking that the City HONOR the city plan for the community we all bought into. These local planning committees have denied the requests for a multi level facility repeatedly. How is this being railroaded through the city for approval? Who is rubber stamping these efforts?

It is easy for representation and developers to promise that parking will be managed, that the upgrades in the community truly need will somehow manifest. Why don't the owners of this property, just create seven affordable homes? It is zoned for this. but clearly there is a lack of profit for those involved. How will traffic on Zion and 51st, Glenroy handle any buildouts - how will dropping off children at Foster be managed? This plot of land is being pursued by developers who see a great opportunity in and around this area to make a ton of money, leave the neighborhood in their wake, reduce the property values of those still here, and endanger the already compromised and over-utilized infrastructure. This land development approach will continue throughout this city and county if these stories are not accurately and comprehensively presented in a timely fashion. We need to understand who is writing the checks behind these development requests. Who is being enriched here?

The pool, the recreation center, the library, the park, the grocery stores, all need to be upgraded for all of the community members that live in Allied Gardens today. The roads need to be repaired and the children this development are putting at risk need to be protected. Scott Sherman should recuse himself on the vote today.

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