(Mod: Jolly Roger Chandler and Sho Me The Money Tay might not have any Saving Arcadia yard signs up at their places, but don't let that stop you. After all, besides the priorities of those McMansion building moneyed special interests who have so generously backed their storied political careers over the last few elections, what have these two fun fellows ever done for you? Outside of serving as sound reasons to avoid watching any City Council meetings? Here is all the latest info needed to get your most worthy self on board with the most significant resident preservationist movement out of Arcadia in many years.)
If you know anyone who hasn’t signed the petition, please bring them to the Street Market, buy them dinner, enjoy the free entertainment and have them sign the petition.
On Sunday 11/22, Saving Arcadia will be at the Albertson’s on Live Oak at 2nd Ave./Tyler Ave. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Let all your family, neighbors and friends know they can do their Thanksgiving grocery shopping and sign the petition.
If you have already signed the petition, please do your Thanksgiving grocery shopping at this location to thank Albertson’s for allowing us to collect signatures there.
Please forward this information to anyone you know who is interested in signing the petition. If you would like to volunteer to help collect signatures, please get in touch. You can do so by emailing to this address: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want or need a yard sign, we have plenty. You can pick one up at 33 E. Huntington Drive, Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or reply here and we can bring one to you.
Thank you for supporting responsible development with reasonable standards in Arcadia.
(Mod: The following was also sent to me here by the hard-working folks at Saving Arcadia.)
Each week I request the notices for design review that are sent out in Arcadia. Week after week, I see examples of the rampant over-development in Arcadia. I thought I would share some with you.
315 Santa Cruz is a 9,243 sf lot. The proposed project will be over 50% FAR if you include the garage, porch, 20' tall foyer and staircase. In San Marino, they could only build approximately 2,700 sf of living space. The same goes for 135 San Miguel Drive. It's a 9,147 sf lot. Again, over 50% FAR using San Marino's definition of FAR. This whole area is predominantly single story ranch homes averaging about 1,500 sf. It is being redeveloped without any kind of environmental impact report or study.
There is a lot of speculation that if a FAR is adopted it will kill property values in Arcadia. The hypothetical that property values will decrease because developers won't be able to build as big a house is just that, a hypothetical. It is pure conjecture. It is not a fact.
A fact is the property values in San Marino far exceed property values in Arcadia. A fact is San Marino has much stricter development standards than Arcadia. It is a hypothesis or opinion that the stricter development standards cause the property values in San Marino to be more than Arcadia. It is an opinion based on fact. The opinion that property values will decline if a FAR is adopted is not based on any FACTS.
Last week's design review notices included a 8,573 sf, 2 story home with a 906 sf, 4 car garage at 210 W. Camino Real Avenue, a 19,900 sf lot. That again is over a 50% FAR when you include the garage, porch and 20' high foyer and grand staircase. In San Marino, it would be closer to a 4,500 sf house. 210 W. Camino Real Ave just sold in February 2015 for $1.95m. 2 doors down, same side of the street (230 W CAMINO REAL AVE), same size house (2,359 SF house) and lot (19,965 SF), sold 8/30/13 for $2.4m.
It is a fact that the property value of "tear down" homes in South Arcadia has decreased more than 20% in the last year. It is a fact that this decline occurred before the lawsuit and the ballot initiative were filed. It is my opinion that property values in South Arcadia have declined because of over-development. I think the facts support such an opinion.
230 W. Camino Real Avenue is now a 9,041 sf, 2 story Mediterranean mansion with a 1,000 sf, 4 car garage that has been on the market for $5.38m for over 90 days.
(Mod: Here are some screen shots of the properties cited above.)
(Mod: I have a quiz question for you. How is an Addam's Family vanity castle, one that has sat unsold on the market for over three months, improving property values in Arcadia? Anyone from WeChat care to join in? Sho?)