The actual Mission Hills Tennis Club business deal is not what the owner is claiming

In 1976, an agreement was made between the City of Fremont, Shapell Homes, Kimber Park Associates and the homeowners in Kimber Park. This agreement zoned the land where Mission Hills Tennis Club resides, as Private Open Space, with the exception of a recreational facility and/or restaurant.

The result was a wonderful tennis and recreational facility that has benefited not only the Kimber Park residents, but all of Fremont and surrounding communities.

The current owner Sheena Chang and a developer, Steve Saray of Civitaf Corp. seek to overturn the 1976 zoning. We hope that the City Council of Fremont will uphold the 1976 zoning of the land, and not give into these greedy land developers.

From the Kimber Park Sales Brochure:
“Additionally, exceptional planning extends beyond your front door into the total community environment. Kimber Park homes are centered about a 12.7 acre park with a beautiful tree-lined lake next to which a private racquet/swim club is being developed”

Here’s a scan of the development, from the original brochure:

Redwoods, not houses

Original Kimber Park Sales Brochure

This is what the community bought; Sheena Chang purchased Private Open Space.

This is an important moment for the City Council, whether they uphold the agreements made when this development was built or override them for the profit of new developers. It is clear; this property was intended as private open space. The outcome of this decision is a wakeup call for all of us with regard to city politics. Will the City Council members honor agreements, preserve community integrity, or give in to greedy developers?

Attend the Dec. 6th City council Meeting, let the city see your support for preserving this open space.

Laura Fleming

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A Kimber Park resident and nature lover dedicated to the protection and preservation of the Kimber Park open space and neighborhood recreational facility. A hyper-aggressive developer has cyclone fenced a 60-year old Redwood forest and natural area and now holds it hostage in the center of a planned community, even though the property is zoned open space. After surrounding the community's open space with a cyclone fence, they are now trying to negotiate how many homes to build. Hard to believe but true. See also savekimberpark.com for more information.

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