Meeting Time: June 17, 2020 at 5:30pm PDT

Agenda Item

2. Title: Draft West Broadway Specific Plan Key Goals and Policies (LP18-009) File Number: 2020-00308

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    Diana Gin about 4 years ago

    I am all for a pedestrian walkway but do not demolish any of the structures. Low income housing is hard to come by so do not elimate any of the apartments

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    Mackenzie Wilson about 4 years ago

    Demolishing these historic buildings are an illegal act against the residents who live there. You are about to demolish the largest public housing unit West of the Mississippi, and switch people on to section 8, which is not comparable housing. You send them out of their neighborhood, you allow them to become homeless. You strip away their rights to housing which means that section 8 is not comparable. This is an illegal act and should be stopped immediately.

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    Lora Grevious about 4 years ago

    Please remove the street map that would require demolition of the New Helvetia historic district in order to redevelop it, and add New Helvetia historic district to the Sacramento Register of Historic and Cultural Resources.

    In addition, Sacramento is suffering a severe housing shortage and cannot re-house the current public housing tenants at this property in comparable public housing, because Sacramento has already destroyed all comparable public housing. These tenants not only live in historic buildings, but they are ENTITLED to their housing. Sacramento cannot keep destroying all the public housing to make way for non-equivalent, not comparable low income housing or keep putting these tenants on Section 8 programs which are NOT comparable without community organizations taking a stand to protect these vulnerable Sacramentans from the city's greed.

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    Luree Stetson about 4 years ago

    Staff testified that any development within the New Helvetia Historic District must adhere to the NEW CITY street grid in the Plan. To say that the Plan has no affect until SHRA comes forward with a development project is ludicrous. The Specific Plan damages the district. The City must consider in this EIR ways to reduce the significant impact from the currently proposed streets. The EIR's Historic Preservation Alternative assumes no SHRA redevelopment but does NOT address the significant impact caused by the street grid required by the Specific Plan. If SHRA comes forward with a redevelopment project in the future, it will be required to adhere to the street grid and destruction of historic district. Pg 152 Staff Report, the Colley Coalition and CAW development demonstrate how the district can be retained by using and extending existing streets.

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    Chris Lango about 4 years ago

    I'm writing to request (1) removal of the street map that would require demolition of the district in order to redevelop it, and (2) the addition of the New Helvetia Historic District to Sacramento's Register of Historic and Cultural Resources.
    This year marks the 80th anniv. of this "community within a city" New Helvetia is national historic landmark - in part because of its role in civil rights history and its association with the career of attorney Nathaniel Colley, who put a legal stop to the racial segregation practiced by public housing authorities as well as private developers who were receiving public benefits.  His work at New Helvetia formed the foundation of his lifelong fight to end discrimination in housing.  In 1968, Colley was hailed "Mr. Civil Rights of California" in 1968.  I support the rehab of existing buildings to honor the district's history - in combination with the construction of new buildings to create a new modern infill development.

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    Mel Melvin about 4 years ago

    Please do not demolish the New Helvetia Historic District and add it to the Sacramento Register of Historic & Cultural Resources. This property is listed on the NRHP and it is difficult to understand why it is not on the City Register as well. Whose history is being preserved? Only wealthy Euro-Americans? This property significant to local history for its association with Depression-Era federal housing, civil rights, and African-American history, as well as its design and architecture. Not only would demolition destroy a property important to our history, but demolition would permanently displace hundreds of low-income residents. Thank you.

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    Phil DAsaro about 4 years ago

    Please remove the street map that would require demolition of the New Helvetia historic district in order to redevelop it, and add New Helvetia historic district to the Sacramento Register of Historic and Cultural Resources. These buildings are peoples homes and they have important historical significance. I am a home owner and a voter, I also attended the city management academy last year. Please find another plan that involves renovating these buildings without displacing the people who live there.

    Thanks,
    Phil D'Asaro

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    bonnie drouillard about 4 years ago

    Leave it alone. Where would these poor people live out on the street?

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    LS Nourse about 4 years ago

    Please, by all means do upgrade the New Helvetia buildings and increase resident abilities to easily travel to schools, restaurants and stores. Please, however, add them to the Sacramento list of Historic Places and do not destroy them. Sacramento has sacrificed enough history to the bland and characterless

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    William Burg about 4 years ago

    The revused Akder Grove street map serves no purpose but to lay the groundwork for future demolition of the project, by requiring its use in any future redevelopment projects. This eliminates projects that choose to reuse the buildings from consideration, actively preventing their preservation. Remove this map from the project. In addition, the City of Sacramento should add the New Helvetia Historic District to the Sacramento Register, establishing its preservation and continued use as affordable public housing. Infill guidelines can then be created to facilitate new construction of new housing, meeting city goals of higher population density and economic integration within the district. This is not the time to sign a death warrant for a place that is federally recognized for its role in African American history and civil rights. No matter how well-intentioned, facilitating demolition of this site represents cultural erasure and a loss of our heritage, and a loss of functional housing.

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    Ski Taylor about 4 years ago

    I am writing to urge you to

    1. Remove the street map that would require demolition of the district in order to redevelop it, and

    2. Add New Helvetia Historic District to the Sacramento Register of Historic and Cultural Resources.

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    Kayla Reeser about 4 years ago

    I feel that the New Helvetia Historic District deserves to be classified as a protected historic site by the city of Sacramento.

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    Patrick Watters about 4 years ago

    Overall a wonderful and memorable necessary plan for this area. Glad to see the public comments for neighborhood amenities and improvements at Floyd School as well.

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    Susan Public about 4 years ago

    I feel that the New Helvetia Historic District deserves to be classified as a protected historic site by the city of Sacramento. Though this plan lists redevelopment of Alder Grove as a last resort, it is too often that we are seeing our residents become displaced and priced out of their homes. I have yet to see a new development in this city that offers pricing that is affordable to the average single person. This is a massive problem in our city and state, and is reflected in the rising homeless rate. This coupled with the crippling effects of COVID-19 have made us all more vulnerable. If this plan moves forward, we must ensure that Alder Grove residents do not become displaced and simply unable to find housing at the rate they are used to paying. It is not right.