It doesn’t meet seniors’ needs

By From page A10 | September 25, 2013

The City of Davis Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on The Cannery project starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. The project is in its final stage of approval.

The project plans for 547 homes on the former Hunt-Wesson cannery, owned by ConAgra. Since this is probably the last large-scale residential development for a long time, it is important for the residents of Davis to be sure that it meets the current and future needs of our community.

I believe at this time it does not. Although ConAgra claims that the project is multi-generational, only 19 lots are proposed to possibly accommodate single-story homes and these homes will be 1,800 to 3,500 square feet. Except for these 19 lots, all the other homes are two stories and between 1,150 and 3,500 square feet.

This is an important issue for our ever-increasing senior population, who specifically want smaller and one-story homes, so as to downsize and stay in Davis. However, others — especially people with disabilities, young adults and people who work in Davis — are also looking for smaller and more affordable homes.

There are many other concerns, but unless the Planning Commission and City Council hears from us, the pressure to approve this proposal may be a done deal. Come make your voice heard Wednesday night.

Mary Jo Bryan

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