Last night I stopped by the library at Bret Harte Middle School in Hayward, where residents were pouring over big maps showing many acres of property in the Hayward Highlands area owned by the state Department of Transportation. As many of you know, Caltrans bought the property to build an elevated extension of Interstate 238 through the Hayward foothills, but that plan went kerplunk and now the agency is going to sell it all — apartments, houses, open space and everything else.
Sara Buizer, a senior city planning manager, asked people to mark the maps with whatever they’d like to see there. Some people made sure to leave room for green space. Others expressed concern about Carlos Bee traffic and more high-density housing. Others promoted high-density housing, particularly the Quarry Village project.
If anyone reading this went to that meeting or the other one on Tuesday, we’d like to hear your thoughts.
The Bret Harte meeting was the second of three, each focusing on a different part of the Caltrans land. The third is to be held next week with an emphasis on the southern stretch of Caltranslandia, from Harder Road to Industrial Parkway.
Next meeting: takes place 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 13 (next Wednesday) at the UFCW Local 870 Union Hall at 28870 Mission Blvd.