Like some kind of a nut, I read the Green Hotel Apartments Draft EIR, Section 3.1 last night. Sweating in 102 degree heat, swatting at mosquitos while plotz’d-out on my back porch, a crow’s flap away from the Green mothership herself.
“I don’t know what the big deal is… it’s just a 75 foot high, 76,980 sq. ft. addition butted up to a National Historic Landmark. It won’t even be noticeable.”
The report is peppered with the phrase “Impacts would be less than significant” but it is the photographs and the photo-simulations of what is claimed to be “less than significant” that shock me. For instance, here is a photograph of a before and after taken from one of my favorite and most photographed vantage points because of its unique view of the western turret. As you can see in the after… turret is GONE.
Then, to spit in the eye of my eye-candy, this paragraph describes how “less than significant” this view is for the public. You’re hurting me.
Somehow, it’s decided that there is a “more prominent view” and “more notable view” than the west side of our National Landmark. It makes it okay to affect and obscure the view from the public. You know, “the public” ie. whose view is to be left unobstructed when it comes to historical buildings?
It’s not like they don’t know where the special public vantage points are. They’ve identified them for us here in 3.1.6 yet the plan remains to take them away.
Alright, alright. It’s ridiculous. Please call, write, email the project manager at the City of Pasadena and ask him to send you a notice for when the next public hearing will be. His name is:
Project: Green Hotel Apartments- 86 S. Fair Oaks
phone: (626) 744-7806 fax: (626) 396-7259
address: Design and Historic Preservation Section, 175 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena, CA 91101
That’s right not significant. Not the least bit significant, at all. (((cough)))