Your Voice: Apartment complex wrong for south Tracy
by Dan Darb, Tracy
Dec 21, 2012 | 2967 views | 6 6 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EDITOR,

I feel bringing this idea of quasi-upscale apartments to where my fellow homeowners live is a joke.

I purchased my home in the Glenbriar development because of the respectable working-class atmosphere, where people have and continue to take care of their homes.

I feel this area of southern Tracy is where most people want to live and raise a family. I feel that bringing 244 rentals also brings more problems and issues to this city that it really can’t afford in the long run. 

I have seen police and fire resources be cut and response times that are ridiculous. I have seen money wasted on silly downtown projects along with the bus station that nobody wants to use.

I would like to think Tracy’s brilliant leaders would be able to develop real projects that benefit everyone in this city and not just someone with a temporary plan who won’t take any pride in where they live.  

I feel residential homes and some park space would fit perfectly in the parcel where the apartments are planned. I did not receive a notice or hear about this apartment planning by the city, nor did any of my neighbors. I believe this is another tactic by the city and its council to get one over on the people of this city.

This city has enough apartments. There is a 324-unit apartment complex at the corner of Tracy Boulevard and Sycamore Parkway. I feel this is enough of units for this area.

I have seen my home value drop by 50 percent since 2006. It is obvious to me that this city does not care about me or my fellow homeowners. I have not even started to talk about the crime and or calls for service that this complex will demand from the city.

• Editor’s note: The City Council unanimously approved 144-unit and 60-unit apartment complexes on Valpico Road at the dead-end of Glenbriar Drive at its Tuesday, Dec. 18, meeting.
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Sneaky
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December 25, 2012
This is the sort of thing that apartments bring to a city:

http://onlineathens.com/local-news/2012-12-18/naked-beer-pong-loser-assaults-girlfriend-her-athens-home

mthouseman
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December 25, 2012
that article is about an apartment complex in Athens, Georgia...Home of the University of Georgia...

That specific apartment complex is home to many college students that live there for a few years while trying to pave the way to a better life. A few may have a brush with the law, after a night of drinking and partying, but IMHO, are not a detriment to the local neighborhoods.

I wouldn't mind having that apartment complex in my city if came with a University attached.
Sneaky
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December 22, 2012
While I wholeheartedly agree with the authors points that is a whole lot of sentences starting in "I".

Note: if you want to win folks over to your position you need write in a way that shows that you have considered their perspective rather than generating a long list of I think.., I need.., I want.
Macpup
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December 21, 2012
The City of Tracy is following its Emerald City plan of sustainability - Agenda 21. Apartment complexes meet the criteria of "green living" - not single-family home-ownership. As to the bus station, that is also in the sustainability plan where everyone uses mass transit instead of individual cars.
Sneaky
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December 22, 2012
The city leaders need to be asked how well that mass transit dream is working out.

RadiateMedias
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January 03, 2013
You should have asked at the Dec 18 council meetin, where it was mentioned the apartment complex will add a bus station. Most of the people complaining about traffic did not even bother to ask, they just made up ridiculous stories about how bad this is for Tracy and tried to make those men look evil. Kudos to them for putting up with it. I noticed some people blame the city for not bringing business and then act like children when a business man shows up to talk to the city. One opponent called a lobbyist group from New York who claims their interest is California. The group called project horizon and for a fee will send a 23 page letter designed to stir up opposition. Apparently a lot of people fell for it.


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