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Landmarks ‘Appalled’ by Mission Canyon Corridor Project


Three cheers for City Historic Landmarks Commissioner Michael Drury at the commission’s most recent meeting for telling it like it is about the Mission Canyon corridor project. Drury said he was “appalled” by the project. He said it is “chilling the project is even being considered.”

Also criticizing the project was Commissioner Fermina Murray. She said there was “not a single compelling reason” to adopt the plan. She questioned why multiple historic landmarks are proposed for transformation and, in the case of one wall, partial destruction. According to the recent city historic structures report, about 85 feet of three historic walls are proposed for destruction or relocation.

Other members of the City Historic Landmarks Commission (HLC) also raised questions about the plan, including Commissioner Craig Shallanberger, who wondered whether some impacts should be classified as Class I. Other members of the HLC also expressed concerns.

Sometime in the summer, the City Historic Landmarks Commission will hold a meeting to consider the revised historic structures report. This meeting should be a separate hearing and, most importantly, held in the evening to allow the maximum attendance and participation by the community possible.

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