430 Frederick Street – New 2 Story home plus 1 Story ADU


This piece of land was taken by the City under eminent domain from the owners of the white house when the 1972 plan was to connect Broadway to Brommer with a road through Arana Gulch. The property owners were told by the City that the land was unbuildable and that it would be used as open space, specifically a park. The owners today have owned the property for nearly 80 years.

Fast forward and presto-chango, City sells it to Habitat for Humanity, and now not only is it buildable, but it’s big enough for two buildings. Because there’s an ADU, no covered parking (aka garage) is required. But they do have tandem parking spots. Now there will be another driveway in the middle of the Frederick/Broadway intersection, with 3 cars backing into the intersection to exit the property. The new fence has been built 26″ from the existing home. This poses some serious access and safety issues to the existing home.Continue reading

618 Windsor Street: 5 Units on a Single Family Lot


Without public notification or a public hearing, a development consisting of 2 duplexes and 1 detached unit (5 units total) has been approved for 618 Windsor Street, on the block between Cayuga Street and Seabright Avenue.


Through public records, we’ve discovered that this development is driven by the same developer of the towering new 3 story duplex at 114 Hall Street, and the lot is approved for 2 duplexes of the same size plus a single family.

Continue reading

4 Story Cell Tower Approved for Corner of Soquel and Park Way

Verizon is ramping up to install a 4 story cell tower on the Ramos Furniture lot next to Arana Gulch and across Soquel Ave from Whalers Car Wash. A neighborhood group in opposition of the of the tower—a monopole—appealed the installation but the Planning Commission denied the appeal.