There’s been some discussion going on in the community about a redevelopment project proposed by the Fair Oaks Water District (FOWD) for a 1.59-acre site at the entrance of the historic Fair Oaks Village. While the FOWD plans to use the site as a maintenance yard, some residents and community members have suggested other ideas such as additional parking, an artist cooperative, a startup hub, or even an ice cream parlor that they believe would better serve the community.
It seems that some residents have concerns about the proposed location of the maintenance yard being too close to the heart of the village, and also that the community outreach for the project was conducted during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, which some felt was not the best time for gathering public input. Some residents also felt like they only learned about the project after it was already in the implementation phase.
In light of these concerns, some local residents have started a petition to pause the project and call for the FOWD to investigate alternative options through interested-party meetings. It’s important to remember that the 1.59-acre site at the entryway to Fair Oaks Village has the potential to serve the village in many ways, and residents are urging the FOWD to consider their input and explore other options for the site.