Let me add my voice to those in favor of The Cannery project. As my friends know, I was not a fan of either Covell Village or West Village, oversize peripheral developments that would wipe out farmland while providing little to this city in return.
While some have compared The Cannery unfavorably with West Village, The Cannery is actually the far better project. It takes an old eyesore — the defunct Hunt-Wesson canning plant — and replaces it with a relatively compact development with a good mix of innovative housing types.
The Cannery is textbook infill development, one with only roughly one-third to one-fourth the number of housing units proposed at West Village or Covell Village. In the bargain, the city gets a prized new community asset — an authentic working urban farm with produce sold at a neighboring market hall.
One key detail is to work out a safe bicycle route for Cannery schoolchildren. Toward this end, I hope that the Planning Commission and City Council will back the developer’s proposal to steer kids underneath Covell Boulevard at the southwest corner of the project and, from there, route them southward toward elementary, middle and high schools.
Improvements to the existing bicycle railroad undercrossing would help speed kids safely toward North Davis Elementary and Davis High and benefit the Davis bicycling community.