Last night a majority of the City Council voted to approve yet another poorly planned housing project.

In my opinion, this is telling of everything that is wrong with our current Fremont City Council, letting the developers get their way as traffic and school overcrowding get worse and worse.

This development will, first of all, tear down one of the few historic buildings that we have left in Fremont, the first Fremont Fire station in Centerville.

An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was prepared for the project and found that the noise impacts from the nearby train crossing could NOT be mitigated. To approve the project, the Council had to find that the benefits of the project would outweigh this problem that could not be solved. Twenty of the housing units in this project will be exposed to noise levels that exceed the City’s standards for what is acceptable.

The townhomes, which make up 80% of the project’s footprint, will likely sell for more than $1.2 million each. The owners will likely be driving to jobs outside of Fremont, adding to our regional traffic problem.

I was excited to see in 2018 that we finally had a majority of Councilmembers who had always committed to never taking developer money. It was very disappointing to see that this developer, who has donated over $10,000 to local Fremont elections, got their way.