The Central Park proponents ask that we “decide and compare.” This request is completely disingenuous, as it assumes that there are two plans to compare. There aren’t. There is the community-forged Downtown Specific Plan, thoughtfully designed by those with city planning experience and expertise, with site improvements, contracts awarded, funding accounted for, traffic and safety studied, and shovels already in the ground. Against all that is a contrasting watercolor image.
There is no “Central Park Plan.” It is a fiction, funded by a small but wealthy cadre who will not reveal their true intent, because it can’t possibly be what they claim. The picture of that “plan” is a falsehood on top of that fiction, because it doesn’t even represent the zoning changes sought through the November initiative.
We’d rather not elevate the “Central Park Plan” by making comparisons, but if that’s your selling point, let’s compare. The CPP contains dormitory-style 400-square-foot housing units, perched immediately behind the Alehouse back porch; a strange concentration of three parking garages around Livermore Avenue and Railroad Avenue (including the existing garage and the new I Street garage), leaving nothing for future development down First and Second streets; a fictitious westside hotel that no hotelier wants to build, with a restaurant taking business away from established places in town; and an east-west wind-tunnel park that will eliminate the capability of hosting outdoor events. There, we compared. The decision is easy.
We’re proud to have responsible leadership in Livermore who worked with so many civic groups to shape the City Plan, rather than drawing up a pretty picture and imposing it on the town. The level of plan detail on the city’s website is impressive, and we urge everyone to visit it. We strongly support the “Yes on P” referendum, and the Downtown Specific Plan.