This One Paseo — 3 key facts

You can’t lie to the city.

But apparently it’s OK to mislead the community if there are additional millions to be made. The final EIR to the city on Kilroy’s proposal found nine environmental impacts, especially regarding traffic and neighborhood character, that even including the proposed mitigation measures — such as two I-5/SR 56 freeway connectors that, best case, won’t be built until 2030 — remain significant. Kilroy’s published response to the community: “We don’t have any unmitigatable impacts.” Want to run that by us again?

What you see is

not

what you get.

The pictures in the newspapers and the brochures  are just idealized concept renderings developers use to elicit “feel good” support for a project. They’re

not

what the project will really look like. Nowhere do they show the proposed nine-story (170 feet) office towers and other high-rise structures rising up just 10 feet from the street, walling off One Paseo from the community like a fortress. And the image of that soccer field-sized family open space? Once you lay out 1.5 million square feet of buildings with interior roads, walkways, parking and landscaping in actual scale, it shrinks dramatically to a very small area.

Vote

No

on One Paseo, and we still get Puesto, True Food, North Italia and more.

That’s right — if the City Council votes

No

on this oversized version of One Paseo, the developer’s only choice will be to come back — quickly — with a smaller version. It will likely include these restaurants and more because they’re already committed and represent only a very small portion of the project. Like the TWC commercial emphasizes: We don’t have to buy all that extra furniture — or in this case, buildings — to get the ones we want.

And forcing the developer to eliminate some of the office and residential we don’t need creates room for that big, green open space and large public plazas the renderings promise. Plus we won’t be stuck an extra 20 minutes in traffic going to and from work or our kids’ schools to be able to enjoy it.

Bonus fact:

The One Paseo version Kilroy is pushing, triple the size approved in our Community Plan and generating nearly 400 percent more unmitigated traffic, is

not

an “All or None” proposition. Attend tonight’s Planning Board meeting and urge our board to reject this version, and the project’s economics will compel Kilroy to return with the same concept but on a smaller scale that better fits our community’s character and infrastructure capacity. One that really does incorporate

our

vision.

Robert Freund

Carmel Valley resident and retired commercial real estate executive

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