Letters: 349-home Cherry Orchard project would cater to active seniors

In Carolyn Tognetti’s Oct. 5 letter, she states the Cherry
Orchard Ranch proposed development is too far for

them

(who she refers to as senior citizens) to walk to a grocery
store.
Dear Editor,

In Carolyn Tognetti’s Oct. 5 letter, she states the Cherry Orchard Ranch proposed development is too far for “them” (who she refers to as senior citizens) to walk to a grocery store. I’ve got to tell you, I don’t see a lot of people coming out of the First Street’s major markets, toting bags of groceries and walking anywhere. And I certainly do not see folks coming out of Costco and Wal-Mart lugging bags, and walking down Pacheco Pass. The Cherry Orchard Ranch project is an adult community, not an assisted living facility, and we 55+ folks are capable of driving.

Ms. Tognetti was critical about distance from emergency services as well. To enlighten myself – and hopefully others – I drove from Chestnut Street Fire Station (the closest to the project) and it took about 7 minutes. Nope, I did not have a siren, and I stopped at all signals, so the time could be adjusted downward. The proposed emergency entrance was close to three minutes.

Today’s 55+ population is a hearty, healthy group who know the value of activities to keep fit, thus the active life style and amenities provided by Cherry Orchard Ranch are essential to our well being. Do we have a greater number of heart attacks, strokes and falls, as suggested? In my volunteer work at St. Louise Hospital, I do not see that. Again, this project is an active senior community.

As to another location to develop Cherry Orchard Ranch, I have not heard any suggestions that would support 349 single detached homes, including areas for tennis courts, a swimming pool, walking trails, volleyball courts, etc. on 82 acres. Ms. Tognetti and other open space advocates have not suggested an alternative site.

For those of us who live in homes that are beginning to demand heavy maintenance and constant yard work, the opportunity to be carefree in NEW homes and smaller yards, at an affordable price is something our community needs and deserves. Let’s not miss this chance to offer our actively involved adult citizens the quality lifestyle they seek.

Pat Golden, Gilroy

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