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How to keep SLO happy

San Luis Obispo

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Three happy cheers for Andrew Christie, director of Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club, for his insightful perspective on Neil Havlik’s enormous contribution to conservation and open spaces and therefore the happiness of SLO residents and visitors (“Viewpoint: How Mr. Havlik made us happy,” Tribune, July 8).

Once again, the Johnson Avenue neighborhoods and also now the San Luis Drive neighborhoods are facing a nightmarish assault on the smooth flow of traffic on Johnson Avenue. The SLO School District and its developers have initiated the Johnson Avenue Housing Project, which, despite neighborhood objections, will not go away.

This proposal includes a zoning change to high density on 4.36 acres at 1642 Johnson Ave. adjacent to the San Luis Obispo High School to build seven structures of three and four stories with 74 two-bedroom units, 14 one-bedroom units, and 192 parking spaces and 10 motorcycle spaces. Access would be on Fixlini Drive and Lizzie Streets opposite French Hospital just where the intersections of Johnson Avenue and San Luis Drive divide into single lane traffic. Lizzie Street also serves as singular access to preserved open space, hard won by Mr. Havlik.

This project would be a short-term money maker at the long-term expense of residents and the city. Already, the prospect of such a project has had an impact on property values.

Environmental vigilance is certainly required here.

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