LTE: Overbuilding in La Morinda
Published on November 18th, 2015
Edward C. Hartman
As seen in:
La Morinda Weekly
“It’s not true that life is one damn thing after another; it’s one damn thing over and over.” Edna St. Vicent Millay
Developer proposes 40 units. Citizens complain. Builder builds 36 units. Developer proposes 60 units. Citizens complain. Builder build 54 units. Developer proposes 80 units. Citizens complain. Builder builds 72 units. Over and over . . .
It was time to take our Pointers, Pierce and Puncture, for a walk. We surveyed the proposed building site next to the Moraga Fire House. Critics are correct; it’s not really large enough for 35 three-story units. However, it’s perfect for three 35-story units . . . with a 35-story parking garage.
Think of Andy Scheck’s four bee hives as the inspiration for “Mellifera Manor of Moraga.” Now that’s a name that sticks. Visualize those four hives as four buildings flanking a multidimensional “roundabout” for trucks and autos, motorcycles and bicycles, go carts and golf carts, wheelchairs and walkers. From the 35th floors, a spectacular human kaleidoscope! Architectural rendering to be provided–’soon as I find my rendering pen.
How fitting the new head of administrative services for Moraga comes from Dublin where the population grew from “. . . the size of Moraga today” to 50,000. Now she can help Moraga grow to 50,000 and Lamorinda grow 180,000. How exciting! Perhaps she can help transform an image of Andy’s beehives into a Lamorinda logo, since our residents seem destined to live like bees in hives.
Over and over . . .