keep the midcoast ACCESSIBLE
MidPen Housing is in the process of purchasing a 11 acre undeveloped property on the border of Moss Beach and Montara, across Highway 1 from Point Montara Lighthouse. This land has been owned by California School Employees Association (CSEA) since 1969 though it has been used for public use for generations as a WWII gunnery, a school, open space and parkland.
MidPen Housing is currently proposing to build 71 rental units that they will own and manage. MidPen has developed similar communities in Half Moon Bay: Moonridge and Main Street Park.
keep the midcoast SEMI-RURAL
It is bad planning to position a huge NEW housing development in an isolated location at a dangerous blind curve on HWY1. Moss Beach is 7 miles from any community-oriented services, with insufficient infrastructure, and lacking adequate transit and walkability. This development will increase the population of Moss Beach by 10% with one development and results in hundreds of additional cars, compounding a bad traffic problem.
The Sierra Club Loma Prieta chapter states “there could hardly be a much worse location for affordable housing..."
Here are some FAQ's regarding this project.
keep the midcoast WILD
The property has been open space parkland and is home to numerous species of animals and trees, and possibly two federally protected endangered species. The site is large enough to support nesting, feeding, and breeding habitats for these species. Due to the size of the area, and the variety of species present (including several top level predators) the area is believed to be its own self-contained ecosystem.
There are reports of at least two endangered species on the property: The California Red Legged Frog (Rana draytonii), and the San Francisco Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia). Both species are very rare and are on the verge of extinction.
Other species residing in the open space include mountain lions, deer, coyotes, foxes, hawks as well as various rodents, insects, and plants. Development of the area will displace a great many species that contribute to the beauty and environmental health of the coastside.
keep the midcoast HISTORIC
The property was a top secret gunnery during WWII. The Navy trained over 320,000 men to use anti-aircraft weapons at this facility from 1942 - 1945. Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs), some of the very first female military pilots, flew planes towing targets over the ocean, allowing men to practice shooting at them with various anti-aircraft weapons. Point Montara undoubtedly contributed significantly to the war effort and is an important part of our national and California coastside history.