History Repeat Itself?
Fremont City Hall
Fremont City Hall, built for tens of millions of dollars
in the 1960's, was abandoned and demolished in 2004 by
the city due to earthquake safety concerns.
Will the planning
commission and city council repeat the same expensive
mistake by approving the proposed Patterson Ranch
development? The proposed 520 housing units (double the number allowed in the General Plan, 266) are situated
on land with too many constraints, including high risk
of soil liquefaction in an earthquake, location near one of the two riskiest natural gas pipelines in the Bay Area, and flooding due
to sea level rise (see maps below). Aren’t the lives of potentially thousands
residents and children just as important as those of
employees, who vacated City Hall?
Don’t you think it is the
responsibility of the Fremont City Council and Planning
Commission to ensure public safety rather than approve a
high-density housing development that would
Developers would like to
diffuse the problem by saying they would do whatever
they can to minimize the dangers. What technology is
a match for the strong forces of nature?
Sources: U.S. Geological Survey and California Geological Survey 2006;
As the map shows, Ardenwood/Forest Park is highly susceptible to
liquefaction in a strong earthquake.
As shown in the Sea Level Rise: Flood Risk Hazard Map, the
majority of the project area is at risk of flood
inundation as a result of sea level rise. With the
state unable to balance its budget and city of Fremont
dealing with budget cuts, taxpayers will be responsible
for building and maintaining expensive flood control
channels and levees and any liabilities for any failures
of such measures.