Public gets a say in Highway 68 retai...

Public gets a say in Highway 68 retail center project

There are 28 comments on the Monterey County Herald story from Jun 6, 2010, titled Public gets a say in Highway 68 retail center project. In it, Monterey County Herald reports that:

A controversial shopping center proposed for an 11-acre site at Corral De Tierra Road and Monterey-Salinas Highway is getting the public vetting its developers have long sought.

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Monterey Resident

San Jose, CA

#22 Jun 7, 2010
Wow... Lots of controversies. I live in Monterey and drive to Palma practically every weekday all year round round for the last 6 years and the morning commute is fine at 7:30. Going back at 5:00, I have to use 101 and that is that, I have a choice so I make do. Coming back to Monterey at 6:00ish is fine. So, I don't like the idea of having more traffic. BUT... if you bought this property then you should be able to build something on it. If people think it is a large project then give this man a project that everyone can compromise. I just hate it when people complain about their own needs, what about his. I don't know him, but have been there with the city of Monterey and building JUST A FAMILY home and how ridiculous the neighbors were about things like a stupid tree. I had to conform to the neighborhood and so on. Hey if you don't like it buy that damn property and use it for nothing.

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#23 Jun 7, 2010
Why is the Monterey Herald deleting any comments that are pro development?
Shawn Jackson

Greenfield, CA

#24 Jun 7, 2010
I believe the possitives far outweight the negatives. I don't think it will increase traffic. I believe it will actually reduce traffic. By putting in a grocery store, plus other needed businesses, would keep the 68 residents from driving to Salinas and Monterey for supplies.

I am 100% support to build on!

United States

#25 Jun 7, 2010
It was zoned agricultural/residential at the time it was purchased. Now because of high end lawyers and their cronies in local government they are able to quadruple the value of their property with a commercial designation ? What about the existing closed down store that's sitting empty ?
We need these people to spend money is Salinas so we can get their sales tax.

Since: Sep 09

Carmel Valley, CA

#26 Jun 7, 2010
Pohada wrote:
sunnycali, Since you were born here Why did you and your ilk let things get so out of hand?
I have lived in the Monterey area for 40+ years. By choice I might add and have fought tooth and nail to stave off the descimation of the area for most of those 40 yrs. Not because I am an isolationest but because I hated to see what is happening now. Over growth at the expense of those who moved into the area to enjoy the beauty of the area and what used to be the peace and quiet.
your ****-umptions are totaly wrong: not fine car no motorhome or boat and not much of a discreationary monies fund. I do however volunteer in my community to support worthy efforts that benifit those in need.Hope you enjoy the traffic and a messy commute to where ever you choose to go.
By the way what is your interest in this ongoing banter about this development?
Will you perhaps open a dry cleaners, an ice crem parlor. They tried that at the 7-11 center on Portola. Where are they now?

I and my ilk think that this is a pretty nice place. I and my ilk can completely understand why someone would want to live here. I and my ilk think it would be nice if our children and grandchildren could live here as well. I and my ilk realize that if I or the ilk have children and grandchildren that they will have to have goods and services.

Like you, I and my ilk think that other people are just like you - they move here (or would like to move here) by choice.

I do not enjoy the traffic. I don't think many do. But if they don't, why aren't they working on implementing an efficient public transportation system? Get people to give up their cars is quite difficult. Do you notice how many cars are at the Park and Ride and Los Laureles Grade and Highway 68? Not very many.

I have absolutely no vested interest in this project. I own my own business and I work from my home office so I don't have to be out in traffic very often.

What exactly do you mean when you say that you've been "trying to stave off the decimation of the area for most of the 40 years that you've lived here. What decimation is that? Because it seems more like a 'no growth' staving. It sounds like you chose to move here and then you didn't want anyone else to move in after you. Because with increased population comes increased goods and services.

As those who live in Corral de Tierra and San Benancio point out, it's an inconvenience to have to drive to Monterey or Salinas for a quart of milk. Having a market in a convenient location would benefit them.

Having offices would also benefit the flow of traffic since most workers seem to come from Salinas. That means that those workers wouldn't be adding to the traffic congestion between Corral de Tierra Road and points west.

Seaside, CA

#27 Jun 9, 2010
How does this project size compare to the existing Toro Park commercial space? There are not nearly 500 parking spaces, or 126,000 SF of commercial space there. Why would anyone put in a hardware store when there is an ACE as you go into Salinas, and a Home Depot and OSH in Seaside, Marina and Salinas. The area couldn't support a hardware store on River Road, which has more homes. If the center has the need for 500 parking spaces, where will all the people come from- certainly not just CDT and SB canyons. This doesn't seem to be well thought out as to what is SUSTAIABLE. If the only reason for the development is to allow the local resident to avoid going into town for a quart of milk, we are truely becoming a nation of excess.
Corral Resident

Monterey, CA

#28 Jun 17, 2010
I have lived in Corral my whole life and I think this idea is absolutely ridiculous. There are currently 2 shopping centers within 5 miles either way of Corral de Tierra (Stonegate and Toro). Neither of these centers can keep tenants because the demand for services is not present in the area. People are going to drive to Monterey and Salinas no matter what! If you drive by the lot now, you can see it is a beautiful natural environment that excentuates the uniqueness of Corral de Tierra. Building this "strip mall" would be a crime and a shame to all those who enjoy the peace of the countryside.

Salinas, CA

#29 Jun 20, 2010
All you people complaining about greed and the decimation of the area should put your money where your mouth is. If you don't like other people to build on the land they own (they own it - you don't), then why don't you make them an offer they can't refuse and buy the land from them? That way you can let it grow weeds or whatever.

Have you heard of the concept of "private property"? Our country was built on that concept. Without genuine private property, we are all merely slaves and lackeys of the government and their whacko environmentalist groupies.

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