Sunnyvale is falling behind the curve in terms of it’s public amenities. The Main Library is just one piece of infrastructure that is less desirable than modern libraries, or even the libraries provided by the municipalities which surround the Sunnyvale. Everyone would say that Sunnyvale needs a new Main Library and Mobile libraries to keep our children competitive.
But instead of working within the city budget or issuing a bond measure to fund the construction of a new library, the City has instead proposed a multidimensional plan that would result in the re-zoning and redevelopment of most of the current Civic Center. This plan incurs a cost north of $100 MILLION dollars, with the addition of high-density residential construction, new commercial zoning, loss of open the community garden, and more. The plan not only impacts the area of Mathilda and El Camino, but also relocates the Main Library to the Community Center, at the potential loss of some of the pond.
This new main library proposal calls for the demolition of every building in the current 14-acre Civic Center. This includes the Police Station, City Hall, Main Library, Community Garden, NOVA offices and more. Reconstruction efforts may include relocating these buildings to the Community Center area, or essentially re-building the same buildings less than a quarter mile away. Either way, these plans incur the loss of the Teaching and Demonstration Garden, Old Growth Pine Trees, Loss of portions of the Community Center Pond and other open spaces. Worse, we lose even more public land.
No where does it mention the impact of this additional density to the traffic congestion at the intersection of El Camino and Mathida.
As with the sale of the Raynor Activity Center, the City Council has moved towards selling of more city-owned land to fund these projects. The Main Library proposal essentially sells off 14 acres in order to fund itself.
What these plans do not designate, are the new development constraints: what are the high limitation requirements? Population density estimates? Open Space allotments? And finally, the selling of of yet more publicly owned land.
We want to put a hold on the continuous sale of Sunnyvale’s remaining land. The City council is blowing through all the remaining land reserves in order to finance these redevelopment projects. We need better infrastructure in Sunnyvale and it needs to be financed without trading our public land to developers, in exchange for so called freebies.
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