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February 21, 2012 > Kimber Park voices opposition to development plans

Kimber Park voices opposition to development plans

By William Marshak

At a meeting on Thursday evening (February 16), residents displayed a solid wall of opposition to any further residential development envisioned for the current open space in Kimber Park. Currently, in a battle of wills and hardball action, these 12 acres are surrounded by a chain link fence by landowner Sheena Chang; operations of Mission Hills Tennis and Swim Club have ceased and access to the property denied. Speaker after speaker, invited to introduce themselves and inform others of their connection to the area - many who had purchased their homes from the original developer - cited the unique character and promise of open space and club with their purchase.

The meeting, sponsored by developer Steve Saray and Ms. Chang was promoted as an opportunity for discussion and mediation but it became apparent that the large, overflow crowd was opposed to any further residential development. Mediator Peter MacDonald, a land use and real estate law professional from Pleasanton and developer Steve Saray attempted to open the conversation to a compromise that would include development, but Kimber Park residents and others, either members of the Tennis and Swim Club or interested citizens, were clearly unhappy with the premise.

Calls for Ms. Chang to address the group were unanswered and options for the property appear to be limited. A frustrated remark by Mr. MacDonald noted that if the property owner was so inclined, she could deny access to the property indefinitely. This comment was not warmly greeted.

Another meeting, ostensibly to address and resolve resident concerns, is scheduled by the developer for February 28.

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