June 14, 2011 > Developer targets Kimber Park open space
Developer targets Kimber Park open space
By William Marshak
At a meeting of "Save Kimber Park Committee," residents presented solid opposition to developer Ed Daou as he attempted to persuade them that land deeded as perpetual open space with provision for a tennis/swim club should be altered to include residential development. An overflow crowd tested the occupancy limits of the Gomes School library as moderator and Committee Chair Christina Broadwin, counseled attendees to "be civil and respectful to our guest." The atmosphere was cordial, but little interest and much skepticism was expressed before, during and after the presentation by Mr. Daou.
Daou repeatedly expressed his view that the land in question is private property and, as such, can - and will - be developed without regard to deeds or codicils. He noted what he considered the deteriorating condition of the swim/tennis club and lack of land management, yet did not comment on this situation as a result of neglect by the current owner of the property. A sale is in process for this land, but details were not released by Daou leading to speculation that much is contingent on the effort to woo current Kimber Park property owners.
The City of Fremont has expressed no interest in changing use designation of the land in question. Although title of this private parcel is unusual, it is currently viewed as open space with no anticipation of change. Repeated attempts to build residential units on this site have failed due to deed restrictions and homeowner opposition. Land transfer documents of Kimber Park specifically limit the use of the property in question.
In spite of unified opposition and legal restrictions, Daou and his unnamed partners are presenting a confident faŤade, promising a detailed presentation and visual plan at a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 14 at the Fremont Community Center next to the Central Park Senior Center on Paseo Padre Parkway.
For more information, visit www.savekimberpark.com
Kimber Park development proposal
Tuesday, June 14
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Fremont Community Center
40000 Paseo Padre Pkwy, Fremont