Thanks to everyone working to bring light to Big Wave

Letter

Posted by on Sun, November 8, 2009

As a regular reader of Coastsider, I saw the recent postings, but did not pay close attention to what was actually being proposed.

However, after spending some time learning something about the project in front of the Post Office, I’m now taking a more proactive approach at learning about the project and its potential benefits and flaws.

On initial review, it appears to be a poor project on several levels. 

The size of the project leaps out as being entirely inappropriate for the Moss Beach area. Not to mention the apparent lack of water and sewer permits to service the complex.

And I find it odd that such a project should be proposed at this point in the economic cycle. Granted, in 2-3 years when the proposed project is completed, we could be in a very different climate. I would hate for something like this to be constructed and sit empty for years as the glut in real estate (especially commercial) unwinds.

So again, thanks for all who are bringing the needed information to the community.

The public comment period ends on December 22, 2009, so I encourage everyone who has concerns to learn, decide, and act.


The economic analysis for the project was completed in 2007 when the office park project was 155,000 sq.ft.  Even then the conclusions were cautious recommending construction of one building at a time, waiting till it filled before building another.  The study said completion of the tunnel would be critical because the population base of Pacifica would be needed to help fill the projected jobs and they wouldn’t want to commute to the Midcoast unless transportation were assured.  Now economic times have changed dramatically and yet the project size has grown to 225,000 sq.ft.  No update of the economic analysis has been produced.

Very few Coastside residents are aware of this project.

Checkout the map of the Big Wave notification area. The red ring indicates the five hundred foot radius notification area, the area inside the ring is the Big Wave development site.

Link to Map: http://www.stopbigwave.org/