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Flashy architectural monstrosity (3 replies)
 

Per the Argus this morning - I am beyond shocked to read about the actual extent of yet another flashy architectural monstrosity in the residential Niles midst - even if our (in my opinion in this case misguided) city planners think it "enhances the neighborhood because it adds interesting architectural structures to a vacant field..." Does it imply that one of the last existing vacant fields is an eyesore? Instead of enjoying what's left of wide open space from Quarry Lakes paths - we will be forced to look at a huge building complex instead....

It could be somewhat tolerable if it went with true California architecture like a low profile Mexican/Spanish style building, but to be completely Tibetan (I don't believe the "contemporary American mix" bit - maybe they mean the plumbing...) and 58 feet at its highest point? And imagine the ensuing traffic problems? Any back up traffic trying to make a left turn on Fox going North on Niles Blvd. can count on getting creamed by people going over the BART bridge (not always speed limit) and ploughing straight into waiting left-turn traffic - which is bound to spill over into the straight lane during services....

My architectural and building background, as well as my keen sense for scenic beauty and wildlife watching, makes me cringe about what's to come here... We just came back from Jackson Hole WY where ALL buildings - even a McDonalds - blend in with the surrounding areas and scenery...and it looks aesthetically beautiful, without sacrificing individuality! Yeah - I know - we should consider moving there...maybe we will...

Gitta Brown
Snyder Way

Posted – 09/05/05 10:33am by Lynn R Slater, updated or replied 09/05/05 10:45am
 
 

Please folks..try to remember your architectural monstrosity is another persons thing of beauty as well
as a place of worship or meditation. I hope folks will do a little study and meditation before going to the
planning commission. I would be embarassed to hear there what I am reading today.

I love our Thai temple and also think the soaring lines of mosques are beautiful.

The geese, by the way, are there only when the grain is cut, they know a good meal when they see one. Those geese, unfortunately, are not migrating..they are permanent residents here in Fremont.

Judy Zlatnik
Posted – 09/05/05 10:34am by Lynn R Slater
 

Speaking for myself, I have done my homework on the Purple Lotus temple. In fact, I was the one that first brought it up on this list.

> I love our Thai temple and also think the soaring lines of mosques are beautiful.

I love our Thai temple too, and go there several times a year. But a comparison between the Purple Lotus proposal and the existing Thai temple is a stretch, at best. The scale of the proposed temple is orders of magnitude greater than that of the Thai temple. There is no way that the new temple could remain largely unobtrusive due to surrounding trees, as the Thai temple does. With the number of anticipated people in residence, and a parking lot with 200 spaces, the impact on the surrounding area has to be far greater than that of the Thai temple.

I don't object, in principle, to the existence of a Purple Lotus temple in this area. What I do object to is the scale of the proposed temple. It is massive, and will have a corresponding impact on our neighbourhood and environment. By its scale, it is also out of character with the rest of the area. And it's slap in the middle of an open space area that I, for one, would prefer to stay that way. Once the temple is built, the view from Alvarado Niles across to Quarry Lakes park - a beautiful open view - will be gone forever.

> The geese, by the way, are there only when the grain
> is cut, they know a good meal when they see one.
> Those geese, unfortunately, are not migrating..they
> are permanent residents here in Fremont.

Clearly I didn't do my homework very well on the geese. ;-) However, I'm not
sure why it's "unfortunate" that they're permanent residents here. I enjoy
seeing them around and watching them coming and going from those fields. It
makes me smile every time I see them there.

Martin.
Posted – 09/05/05 10:35am by Lynn R Slater
 

One person's eyesore is another person's thing of beauty.
I wholeheartedly agree with Judy that one person's eyesore is another person's thing of beauty. I'm looking forward to the temple being a part of our

community. This is an excellent opportunity for some members of our
community to utilize a privately owned empty field next to some wonderful
public open space in order to worship and provide schooling. As for the post
worship traffic, this will be a non-issue 99.5% of the time. Somehow I think us

Niles (and Union City) residents can cope. I just can't fathom why this issue
generates such vitriol in some people; as much as some people might want,
we don't live in the country anymore.

It seems to me that continual opposition to infill development, if successful,
can only lead to stronger pressure to develop the hills. The high majority of
us really don't want that to happen. We will grow, and we will have new
neighbors. The challenge is to grow in such a way that it is a positive
community influence. The Purple Lotus Temple proposal is such a positive
community influence. Much better than another strip mall or collection of
monster homes. Of course open space is necessary and desirable ... that's
why we've got Quarry Lakes right next door.

Sorry that child care responsibilities are keeping me from the Planning
Commission meeting. I hope that at least a few positive voices will be heard
tonight.

-- Erik
Posted – 09/05/05 10:45am by Lynn R Slater
 

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