Newly formed citizens group says “not so fast” to Fremont and a developer trying to build 98 townhomes in Niles.
FREMONT — A lawsuit aimed at blocking the construction of nearly 100 Niles district townhomes claims the city did not comply with environmental law before approving the project last month.
The lawsuit challenges Fremont’s refusal to prepare an environmental impact report for a housing-retail development at 37899 Niles Blvd., near the historic neighborhood’s southern gateway.
Protect Niles, a newly formed citizens group, filed the suit Friday, claiming the project should have required an environmental review because it will affect the Niles district’s traffic, historic resources, parking, land use, soils and aesthetics.
“The group fully supports development of … the site,” Protect Niles member Julie Cain said, “but with a less dense, lower-profile, sustainable development complying with our adopted local plans and policies, responding to site constraints, and (remaining) compatible with our historic locale.”
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