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Comment from a neighbor

I’m posting this at the request of Mary Lou Anania:

I am an original owner and at the time of purchase we paid $5,000 for a golf course lot a course that was being maintained.  If he closed it down, it should be required that the greens be maintained or a class action law suit from the City of San Ramon and its residents.  We need strong leadership for these rolls….it takes a “village”  the City of San Ramon, and all its residents, we need your support. Please let me know when the next meeting is, I would like to be there.  Regards, Mary Lou Anania

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  • Gary Johnston June 21, 2016, 12:31 pm

    I’m curious. Was that a contractual provision? Would that have to have been conveyed to the purchaser? Is this a potential basis for a court order? Is there a means of legally enjoining this developer from proceeding? Just asking.

  • Farrokh Khodadadi June 21, 2016, 2:39 pm

    Since you’ve brought up subject of law suit, I thought I’d share something from experience with the “Summit” development because that project too required city to rezone the property as it was originally zoned as R5 which I believe was for agricultural use. Under R5 homes could be build on 5-Acr lots. Unless city would agree to rezone, that developer would not be able to build single residential homes on modest lots to make project profitable. They were at an impasse for several years, and at one stage filed for permit to develop the property for cemetery use, which filled the town-hall with hundreds of angry residents. Ultimately, the developer sued the city of San Ramon for denying their right to due process for rezoning. That got the city council very worried since the city didn’t have the budget to fight law suites. So, they granted DAVIDON open hearings with neighborhood and over a number of long drawn out meetings with neighbors, a final deal was struck to develop a fewer homes with elevation/height limitations and larger balance of the property (about 130 acres) were given to parks & recreation as open space.
    So, consider all options.
    Of course as a long time resident of SR. I would rather see the course maintained as it has been for decades more to come, but realistically is that possible? You can’t ‘force’ anyone to continue on a venture that’s not profitable. One option could be to work towards a compromise.
    If the planning commission would make the developer work with a neighborhood advisory board to reach a proposal that would meet residents needs and concerns, then this forum should start volunteering, naming, and elect such a board from dedicated residents who have much at stake and are willing to argue the case over many many sessions with both the developer & the city planning comission.
    One such proposal could be to assess the property such that critical zones are identified, and highlight all the greens which currently add much value to both immediate bordering homes, as well as open space value to everyone who uses the path, or sidewalks for biking, running, walking, etc. Then designate regions that could be built with minimum impact to the community both from aesthetic value, as well as the traffic impact from new residents. Al Costa has reached the critical mass and we can’t just plug in handful of multi unit condos without burdening residents.
    Anyway, that’s food for thought and options to consider before you focus on
    filing lawsuits. There are obvious and hidden ramifications with fighting a well funded developer in court. It can be done, but you have to ask if this community’s collective force is strong and $$ enough to get behind a law suite to block the developer.

    • Admin June 21, 2016, 3:03 pm

      I think the developer would have a tough job making the case that the course is “not financially viable;” he paid nearly $5 million over the asking price. It is obvious that he is trying to create that narrative, by not reopening the pool, raising prices to drive people away and keeping the course closed at certain peak times.

  • Michael Hertwig June 22, 2016, 8:01 am

    I have heard the number of $8M as total transaction for the property. Can someone else confirm this? If so, why did the new owner spend ~100% more than the asking price of $4.1M? That does not sound right.
    Also, does this website have contact to the old owner? Can he comment on the profitability of the course?

    Thanks for setting up this site.
    Regards, Michael Hertwig, Olympia Fields Drive

    • Admin June 22, 2016, 8:18 am

      I’ve just sent a message to my favorite title company asking for a “property profile.” I’ll publish the information when I get it.

  • Jan Guinn June 22, 2016, 8:21 am

    We have in the past had good response from our neighbors.. We all want to keep the course as is. As soon as we can find out what we can do, please advise. I’m waiting to hear and ready to do whatever it takes. Jan

    • Admin June 22, 2016, 9:55 am

      Just be sure to follow the Stay the Course San Ramon Facebook page and get on the mailing list.

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