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It’s quality, not quantity

There is a tremendous amount of consternation over the SunRidge Place sub-division being designed for East Military adjacent to two schools. The proposed 64 acre sub-division will be so dense that it is capable of conservatively housing 1700, to over 3000 residents; that’s easily 8-10 percent of Fremont’s entire population.

Getting a straight story on the project is nearly impossible since the preliminary plat map and the concept design discussed in public meetings and newspaper quotes don’t sync. The plat plan has 557 units, comprised of houses/row homes/numerous apartments/and a Kwik Shop/Gas Station, bringing traffic in off the by-pass—the later shows 420 units; both are overly dense.

Land use and high density/commercial re-zoning has commenced. The developer’s lawyer has argued “things change” just “trust us, this won’t create inordinate traffic or put anyone’s kids in danger”. However, the extreme density and location of this sub-division is unrivaled anywhere in the city.

Approximately 200 area residents have petitioned/voiced adamant opposition to the design of this “project” due to a myriad of student safety/traffic/property values/neighborhood character/infrastructure/tax-related cost issues etc. Response has been Fremont needs, “first and foremost”, roof tops and tax base. Seriously, these two things take top priority over everything? Please!

Given recent tragedies experienced in Florida and elsewhere, one would think student safety would be at the top of the City’s priority list.

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Residents, city-wide, need to give this sub-division’s population density/traffic volumes a very hard look. Then join with your neighbors and future sub-division residents in “speaking for quality of life” and “against high density profit”. Fremont may need affordable housing, but at what cost?

Surely a more rational design could be effected; one that doesn’t put profit above all else. There are a myriad of options for this sub-division that would not over crowd the area and provide for student/public safety and a quality of living. An expansive mass of apartments and row homes is not the answer. Bring on affordable single family homes and/or even another church, but don’t try to fit all of Fremont’s housing needs into this 64 acre sub-division.

Brad Yerger

Fremont

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