Mitch Reid comments, "At the March 31, 2010 joint study session on the old plant, Mayor Sue Digre requested that an aquarium component be considered for the new evaluation, and several planning commisioners agreed with the request. There is no consideration of this opportunity in the new 40-page evaluation. I wonder why this request was not included or mentioned in the evaluation."
It's official. And we feel vindicated. Last week we posted an email (see RIPTIDE SCOOP below) from the developer, and indicated that our confidential sources believed this deal was going down. We tried to get confirmation from the city, to no avail, and others pooh-poohed the whole notion of a deal, but we hung in there and left our post up. Now we get to say, "We told you so." Thanks to Camden Swita of Pacifica Patch for reporting this major Pacifica news story today, and for mentioning our role in breaking the story last week.
Last week we posted unconfirmed reports that a developer was interested in Rockaway Quarry. We inquired about this to City Manager Steve Rhodes. He said he was unaware of it and would look into it further. We heard nothing more. So we stuck by our guns and left our post up. Then on March 11 we posted an email (below) sent to a local contact, confirming that Barry Swenson Builder of San Jose has an eye on the quarry.
Date: Friday, March 11, 2011, 2:42 PM It is the 88 acre site. I would love to schedule a sit down with you. I will be back after the 21st. Christy, Jessie and I will all be leading this project and we cant wait to get your full perspective. Are you available on the afternoon of the 21st? Thanks, Jessie Jessie O'Malley Senior Development Manager - BARRY SWENSON BUILDER 777 N. 1st Street, 5th Floor, San Jose, CA 95112 www.BarrySwensonBuilder.com
New information has been posted about Community Forum 3. The Presentation and Alternatives Worksheet are now available online. If you did not provide comments, you can download the worksheet and mail or email it to: Elizabeth Claycomb, 170 Santa Maria Avenue, Pacifica, CA 94044, email@example.com
For information on the General Plan Update Project, contact Elizabeth Claycomb, Management Analyst/Project Manager, Planning and Economic Development Department: 650-738-7341 (department), 650-738-7361 (direct), 650-359-5807 (fax), firstname.lastname@example.org (email)
After 24 years as president, CEO, and executive director of Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST), Audrey C. Rust announced January 25 that she will retire on July 1, 2011. The POST Board of Directors named Walter T. Moore, currently executive vice president, to succeed her. POST is one of the most significant organizations affecting the course of development on the coast.
The San Mateo County Planning Commission approved the Big Wave development at a meeting today in a 3-2 vote. After considering the revised traffic report, the commission approved not only the Big Wave Environmental Impact Report but a Coastal Development Permit, 20-year development agreement, and other provisions required to approve the project. The project is appealable to the Board of Supervisors and the Coastal Commission.
Our source looked at the website listed on the Rockaway Quarry real estate signs (pacifica-oceanfront.com), and the site says "Project Not Active. Thank you for your interest in Pacifica—Rockaway Quarry. Unfortunately, this project is no longer available." Recently, our source noticed that the brochure had changed to include an offering price of $10.9 million, with offers due in late September. "So maybe there's been a sale," our source muses.