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320 College Apartment Development

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Hello Santa Rosa Community and Neighbors,

Another very very tall apartment building is proposed in the historic St. Rose Preservation District. The proposed design is out of character with the district and looms over the very narrow Lincoln Street. Please click on the link to see the proposed design:

  1. We, the residents of St. Rose Preservation District, oppose the construction of a proposed 4-story, market-rate 320 Apartments planned on the west end of Lincoln Street in our historic neighborhood
  2. Part of this development plan is to redevelop to apartments, the existing office building in that location. This project will contribute to the housing need in the city and is an appropriate plan in scope and scale and is welcomed by the neighborhood.
  3. The size and scale of an additional 4 -story building in front of the existing office building is glaringly conspicuous for this street in our historic district. It will loom over the surrounding houses on the street creating shadowing and privacy issues. Both the height and, extremely modern building style is not in the character with our historic district.
  4. Our historic neighborhood, which is supposed to be preserved and protected, according to numerous city documents including, Zoning: 20-28.040 H-combining district. E. 3. a. b., is gradually being eroded by development projects that so far include:
  5. The south side of St. Rose Preservation District--The in-progress 4-story Caritas Village (where an entire block including historic buildings are to be razed).
  6. The east end of Lincoln Street-- Hotel Azura/renamed Mickey Zane Place for chronically homeless.
  7. The east side, on B Street, of St. Rose Preservation District—The recently approved 5-story market rate, development, The Flats.
  8. The east side of St. Rose Preservation District, encompassing the entire block of Healdsburg Avenue, 10th Street and B Street—The 4-story market rate Moore Building completed in 2007.
  9. The City of Santa Rosa's Processing Review Procedures for Owners of Historic Properties outlines requirements and details reviewing procedures for proposals within historic districts which include: no new additions be "overpowering," and new buildings should be "as inconspicuous as possible.”
  10. The architectural rendering as seen above is exactly the opposite: overpowering and very conspicuous.

Once again, we come to you, the Cultural Heritage Board, the Design Review Board, the Planning Commission and the City Council asking that you hold the developer responsible to follow the guidelines the City has created for Preservation Districts and we, as residents of this neighborhood are required to follow.

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