November 29, 2011 > Letter to the editor: Response to Save our neighborhood, save our City
Letter to the editor: Response to Save our neighborhood, save our City
I am a resident of City of Fremont and have been following the developing story of Mission Hills Tennis Club. On Wednesday, November 16, 2011, I read "Letter to the editor: Save our neighborhood, save our city" (Tri-City Voice). It carried some misunderstandings as well as misleading information and hostility; therefore, I would like to provide another perspective.
When I took a close look at the facts, I realized that the club had a leaky roof and other problems. It was inappropriate to continue operations due to safety and liability concerns. The decision by the owner may have caused some inconvenience for tennis matches but no one would want to risk an accident.
The master plan is intended to improve the club and upgrade the facility along with development of the adjacent land.
This project has polarized the neighborhood and city officials. The neighbors did not know that the Club was like an abandoned child years ago. Failure to set up the Homeowners Association led to the sale of the Club to individual owners. Neighbors had not been required to pay HOA fees to support the existence of the Club. Those who enjoy the convenience of a club pay a nominal club fee which has never justified its operational costs. Everyone else enjoys free access to the open space. I can understand why the neighbors are fighting so hard for their freedom of access but misunderstand the owner.
The fact is that the property has been zoned for low density residential development for over 30 years. The struggle may not be about the development. The problem is the neighbors have been blindsided by their group leader. She stopped the owner from showing her true intention and prevented the neighbors from fully understanding the plans. She lobbied to various city officials including the Mayor and Council members by showing numbers of supporters to manipulate the situation. It was unfair and unethical for her to advocate that the neighbors provide funds to hire an attorney to dispute the owner's plan.
On the contrary, the neighborhood needs to know that the Club owner shares the same intention of keeping the area beautiful, upgrading the club, enhancing the lifestyle and potentially appreciating value of the surrounding properties in a long run.
I really hope the each neighbor comes to understand this situation with an open mind and make an independent decision to achieve a win-win situation.