I believe all of us adjoining neighbors would love to see a beautiful development in the Town Center West area come to be.
However, we are all a little skeptical and on edge after we discovered the application for a Home Improvement warehouse store that the developer tried to put in our back yard 6 years ago.
That was stopped by concerned parties.
Also the condescending attitude and statements of entitlement from the developers “team” are not winning friends.
We as buyers did our “due diligence” and accepted the project that was planned. We all thought that the project would be a “good neighbor” and bought into the design.
By the way Mike, the term “Garden Office” is mentioned in the plans for Town Center West.
Tony even refers to it later on in his comments.
I am in the real estate business and fully understand the changes in markets. I wish I could change my single family use to multi-family and turn my home into cash flowing apartments. However, I believe that the underlying goal of the Mansour company is for a more relaxed use permit to make the property immediately more marketable.
As Mr Mansour stated in the article, “It will take 20 years for garden office to come back around and I wont be here.” That statement alone should be reason for fear. You wont be here, but the permits for huge empty buildings will be.
I don’t think any of us purposely want to see Tony’s “dream” go unfinished, certainly not I. The possibility of an offshore funded investor/builder coming here is cause to pay attention. We will also protect our “dream” in the process.
The mentioning of forming a design board with all parties represented and involved could keep the energy going in a positive direction, otherwise there could be constant resistance using up time and money to a negative result.
El Dorado Hills