I'm exhausted from clicking through all of the pages of comments on the original "Hoover School's New Wing post" from March and I'll bet you are too. So I have a new approach. I am taking the last two comments from Get Real! and EPC and reposting them here, so you guys can have at it without clicking through three (or soon four) pages of prior comments. Typos are original to the comments -- go for it.
Get Real! wrote:
The neighbors' motivation is at the center of this whole thing. If they wanted a safe school where they accepted a certain level of disruption, a negotiation may have sufficed. If, as I think I heard them say, their motivation is to stop the school at any cost, then they would sue and ask for an injunction which is exactly what they did.
Once the EIR is complete, their motivation will once again play a crucial role. My guess is they will find other legal avenues to delay the project.
As to the number of cars, it is reasonable to assume that 250 children will not cause 250 cars. That between carpooling (particularly of siblings) and walking this number will be substantially reduced. That and estimate of about 2 kids for one car seems reasonable. Then 100 cars is not off the mark but the opponents don't want that number thrown around because it trivializes their cause. Once again, the motivation.
And EPC responded
What people don't seem to realize is that BSD increased the size of the annex building by 3 times and elimated a huge portion of the blacktop that was formerly used for parking and drop off. In fact, one of their initial options was to simple rehas the existing annex building so that they could keep the blacktop as is. Had they done that, there would have been room on the site itself for parking and drop off. This option, along with some other similiar ones were presented to them by the town of hillsborough before they even approves the project and started construction, which would have greatly mitigated the impact to the neighborhood. This is truly a design issue. An EIR would have exposed this design flaw and that's why BSD chose not to do one in the first place.
I will also draw your attention to the comment from Where Are The Parents on the next post "Affordable Myth" since it is pertinent.