UPDATE 12/4/2012: City Council finalized resolution to create a new Preliminary Planned District (originally approved at 11/20/2012 meeting) to allow for a moderately increased recreation facility. Parcel will be placed into Private Open Space in the General Plan and will receive the protection of the Protect Fremont Private Open Space Initiative of 2012. A precise plan will be required which will have to also go through the Planning Commission and City Council for final approval. Save Kimber Park supporters are encouraged with this decision and are looking forward to working with the owner and developer as they fine tune the plan in the future.
Mission statement: We are a community committed to forever preserving a park-like natural and open area including a recreational facility in the Kimber Park Neighborhood.
Save Kimber Park, a grassroots effort, was created in March 2011 to educate and inform the community regarding issues surrounding the privately owned parcel in the center of the Kimber Park neighborhood. Our group is an advocate for preservation of the Open Space that is an integral part of the original Planned Development built in the early 1970's. The current owner, Sheena Chang of Fremont Mission Hills LLC, was working with a developer, Bella Vina Development LLC who submitted, on November 10, 2011, an application for development of 26 homes. On May 18, 2012 a new application was submitted which included a plan for 18 homes, a new clubhouse, poolhouse and childcare area and eliminated 10 of the 13 tennis courts. This plan was submitted by a new agent for the owner, Dwane Kennedy of City Shapers, Inc. On September 7, 2012 the new agent submitted another new plan that did not contain residential housing but now showed 41,920 sq. feet of buildings and 107 parking spaces with 7 courts and 2 additional pools plus 9 hotel rooms, a business center and two conference rooms. On November 20, 2012 the new developer submitted another proposal for a plan closer to 24k square feet, 9-10 tennis courts, 2 swimming pools, a cafe, multipurpose gym and fitness areas.
Who is affected?: Community Members, Club Members, Tompkins Tennis Students and Parents