Foothill Adobe Fire Hazard?? Around Town, posted by unclehomerr.., a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on May 8, 2009 at 11:39 pm
I agree with the folks who pointed out the neglected look of the project. We all assume it's completed, because it's open, but it occurs to me that perhaps they're letting it 'mature' before they finalize things.
I thought that it certainly lacked a 'defensible' area in case of fire.. and, the grasses seem dry and dense all the way down to the road. The whole project would 'look' better if they cleaned up the area near the fence, and between the fence and the road... weeds and some stray grasses next to the road fuel the impression of neglect.
Also, it seems that a planted and maintained area with color at each end of the drive [street? Old Foothill] would give the impression that there is 'some' planning involved. And, a cleared space around the trees planted on the slope would demonstrate continuing care.
But I have to confess, my biggest concern is the fire hazard. With the tall, wild grass down to Foothill Rd., the possibility of a flicked cigarette doing major damage to this expensive restoration is high. There's wild grasses in many of the pastures along Foothill, but this property certainly 'looks' the worst. C'mon, Parks Dep't!!
Posted by Joe, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on May 11, 2009 at 3:56 pm
The City should be embarrased with the lack of maintenence being performed around the Alviso Adobe. The weeds are getting so tall that it is getting difficult to see the buildings. They must of spent to much money to restore the area that they have no money left to maintain it. Not long ago Chief Cody made his presentation to the Council about properties that are in need of weed abatement and those that were going to receive a letter from LPFD. Was any of the City's open space parks on the list, probably not. Take a look at McKinley Park on Kottinger Dr and Augustin Bernal on the ridge, nothing has been done about the weeds and vegetation in some time.