As residents in the Pruneyard-Dry Creek neighborhood, as well as other areas in Campbell, we live very close to the proposed development at 1677 Bascom Avenue. The proposed five-story mixed-use apartment complex and retail buildings would be the largest of its kind in the city. We object to the increased traffic that residents from 168 new apartments will bring to the area, as well as the possible increase in police demand and the removal of 66 mature trees on the site in our “Orchard City”.
We feel the city should consider decreasing the size of the project due to the already congested streets neighboring the project (Bascom/Hamilton/Campisi). Allowing the “bonus density” five-story building to be built in Campbell sets an unwanted precendent for many residents. Removing one level of the building would reduce the visual impact as well as congestion to the area.
Parking is also a concern, since many of the proposed units are two or three bedrooms in size, it is entirely possible that residents will own more than one car per unit. Creating 266 residential parking spaces is not adequate for the size of the complex. While the site is close to the light rail system, it does not ensure that the new residents will make use of it. As stated at the planning commission meeting on April 24, an increase of 800 daily car trips are predicted based on the additional residents to this site.
As longtime residents of Campbell, we support the city and want the city to support our concerns as well by reconsidering this project as it is currently proposed. Thank you
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