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Posted: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 10:07 am | Updated: 12:12 pm, Tue Jul 31, 2012.

Arguments over Big Wave, the controversial Coastside plan to combine an office park with wellness centers for developmentally disabled adults, will be heard by the California Coastal Commission on Aug. 8. The meeting is set to begin at 9 a.m. in the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors chambers, 701 Ocean St. in Santa Cruz.

Big Wave has been a polarizing concept on the Midcoast for years. Developer Jeff Peck and partners hopes to build the complex on Airport Street in Princeton. The scope of the project, which includes 225,000-square-feet of mixed-use office space and 640 parking spaces, has alarmed many Coastsiders, some of whom appealed the project to the Coastal Commission.

The developers counter that the office park is essential to the financial feasibility of a project designed to benefit dozens of developmentally disabled people.

Welcome to the discussion.

4 comments:

  • Tyler Durden posted at 10:19 pm on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    Tyler Durden Posts: 412

    "...do you have mentally disabled children?..."

    Did you read the letter I cited from Ruth Palmer who is such a parent.? I'll post it here again for you .

    "...Don't lock developmentally disabled out of sight
    Posted in HMB Review, Friday, December 19, 2008 12:00 am
    Dear editor:
    I applaud Merrill Bobele for his thoughtful opinion piece on Big Wave (Review, Dec. 3, 2008). Others may take issue with his assertion that Big Wave is a “flawed plan.” This is understandable given the paucity of housing, vocational and recreational support for developmentally disabled people on the coast. These individuals require consistent support, and their needs will continue long after parents can provide for them. I know. My husband and I are nearing 60, and, as parents of a 24-year-old developmentally disabled son, we recognize the daunting challenge of securing lifelong support services. Unfortunately, a project like Big Wave is not the answer.
    Having spent two decades advocating on behalf of developmentally disabled members of our community, we have experienced the profoundly positive impact an accessible and integrated community has on the quality of life for people with disabilities. HOPE Services’ community-based day program, currently serving 20 young adults, is the most recent example of how, given adequate support, developmentally disabled individuals can successfully work, volunteer, go to school and enjoy leisure activities within the context of the larger community.
    The current plan for Big Wave takes us in the opposite direction creating more barriers to community access rather than fewer. As Bobele points out, Big Wave “offers a separate, self-contained campus” for people with developmental disabilities situated behind locked gates, near the airport, west of Highway 1. Just getting to and from anywhere on the coast from “the campus” will require buses, vans or cars, meaning residents will effectively be cut off from the mainstream community and the mainstream community will be cut off from residents. Many of the simple, day-to-day activities most of us take for granted will be out of reach to the people living on the grounds of the Wellness Center.
    Developmentally disabled people living in our community deserve a richer life than the one currently envisioned by Big Wave, and, as Bobele points out, there are alternatives.
    My husband and I are actively pursuing them.
    Ruth Palmer
    Half Moon Bay... "

     
  • shop123 posted at 11:41 am on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    shop123 Posts: 2

    People are important too. Jobs, jobs, jobs!

     
  • shop123 posted at 11:39 am on Thu, Aug 2, 2012.

    shop123 Posts: 2

    Tyler do you have mentally disabled children? Environmentally protected land by who the coastal commission next to an airport and a trailer park. It really sad to see that people are not free in this country any more to do what they want with the land they own.

     
  • Tyler Durden posted at 10:22 pm on Tue, Jul 31, 2012.

    Tyler Durden Posts: 412

    Ah yes. let's sacrifice decades of sound environmental law and regulations so that a wealthy developer can try to make money on an unneeded office park while claiming (via a Trojan horse type ploy) that this project is a "gift" to those less fortunate.

    More importantly, it makes no sense to strand developmentally disabled people miles from the community center when they have no viable transportation to services etc.

    Don't take my word for it. Read the following letter (in quotation marks) from an HMB parent and former CUSD School Board member dated December 19, 2008

    http://www.hmbreview.com/opinion/letters_to_editor/don-t-lock-developmentally-disabled-out-of-sight/article_4514c49f-cd0b-5036-89b5-cf5ac0c204d4.html

    "...Don't lock developmentally disabled out of sight
    Posted: Friday, December 19, 2008 12:00 am
    Dear editor:
    I applaud Merrill Bobele for his thoughtful opinion piece on Big Wave (Review, Dec. 3, 2008). Others may take issue with his assertion that Big Wave is a “flawed plan.” This is understandable given the paucity of housing, vocational and recreational support for developmentally disabled people on the coast. These individuals require consistent support, and their needs will continue long after parents can provide for them. I know. My husband and I are nearing 60, and, as parents of a 24-year-old developmentally disabled son, we recognize the daunting challenge of securing lifelong support services. Unfortunately, a project like Big Wave is not the answer.
    Having spent two decades advocating on behalf of developmentally disabled members of our community, we have experienced the profoundly positive impact an accessible and integrated community has on the quality of life for people with disabilities. HOPE Services’ community-based day program, currently serving 20 young adults, is the most recent example of how, given adequate support, developmentally disabled individuals can successfully work, volunteer, go to school and enjoy leisure activities within the context of the larger community.
    The current plan for Big Wave takes us in the opposite direction creating more barriers to community access rather than fewer. As Bobele points out, Big Wave “offers a separate, self-contained campus” for people with developmental disabilities situated behind locked gates, near the airport, west of Highway 1. Just getting to and from anywhere on the coast from “the campus” will require buses, vans or cars, meaning residents will effectively be cut off from the mainstream community and the mainstream community will be cut off from residents. Many of the simple, day-to-day activities most of us take for granted will be out of reach to the people living on the grounds of the Wellness Center.
    Developmentally disabled people living in our community deserve a richer life than the one currently envisioned by Big Wave, and, as Bobele points out, there are alternatives.
    My husband and I are actively pursuing them.
    Ruth Palmer
    Half Moon Bay... "

     

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