Springtime in Novato--A new Awakening

Whats in Store for YOU?
Whats in Store for YOU?
I think I got it.  I think there is a Grand Plan---I think "Jerry" in his rebuke to me --"Where have you been?"--"Did you just get in to town?"--has awakened in me a curiosity that has just lead me to think that maybe---just maybe --I am on to something.  I watched the City Council "railroad" in the "Grand Central Station"---I was in Awe that they had not----and would not--do ANY Citizen outreach!  Virtually no one knows that we are going to have a new 5 MILLION dollar bus station---because--citizens were NOT notified or asked what they thought.  I have put that together with the TRAIN station being at Fireman's Fund---thinking maybe there was a back room deal between FF and the City---but now I think maybe these 2 things are just a piece of the puzzle.  What do YOU think?  Can we add the North Redwood  Corridor discussion to the puzzle?  Did our city just reach agreement with the state on "Affordable Housing"?  Is that the ultimate reason we need a Train Station North of Town?  A Grand Central Bus Station--coming to town without your input---with the ability to transport the population of Novato in a single day--because there is a stealth "grand plan"--to increase housing beyond any of our expectations?  Does it make sense that a  "Corte Madera" type complex might make the Train and Bus Station make sense?  What do you think?  Not to be harsh here but is there another reason that any of this makes sense?
Roger April 14, 2014 at 06:14 PM
DMC: On 4/5/14 Eric commented: "Al - on the estimated $5MM, please look at page 53 on this link here: http://www.marintransit.org/pdf/planning/novato/novato_tna.pdf. The estimate in the Transit Needs Assessment is $4MM. The larger number mentioned earlier grouped in other improvements. You are right though that the the $4MM is larger than the $3MM in the last staff report. However, the larger number is now two and half years old and not based on the site plan. Regardless, I will be keeping a close eye on the costs. For your questions: (1) I think we disagree here. (2) For number 2, can you restate your question. I want to make sure I get you an answer. (3) The $3M came from the staff report."
Bob Ratto April 14, 2014 at 08:40 PM
DMC You could maybe draw another connection here...laws are being proposed and passed left and right to benefit developers of AH, such as CEQA exemptions. There is a very choice piece of recently bulldozed property right next to (well adjacent to) the proposed bus stations which has a modeled capacity of 60 buses per hour. If a station becomes high volume, the expectation is that areas around will be developed with high density housing...so, if you start extending Northward from the vacant Mission Lodge, you just take out some of the other old buildings...and voila, astronomical development, and gridlock.
Hopkin April 15, 2014 at 05:30 AM
So the high density will begin on Front St between Diablo and Elm, then expand further to Mirabella? Then those blocks will start expanding westward to meet up with the already-existing housing at the other end of Elm? And then it will all start pushing northward again? Well it's a good thing we planned ahead with a high-capacity mass transit node!


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