Save Union City Hills

Screenshot of the Save Union City Hills website
Screenshot of the Save Union City Hills website

During the evening commute from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on May 23nd, volunteers from the Save Our Hills Committee will be handing out flyers and displaying signs along Decoto Road and Mission Blvd to counter the misinformation being distributed by the Masonic Homes and their developers regarding the Flatlands and the pristine views of our hills. 

Sadly, this is in response to the continuing efforts by the Masonic Homes to alter, bypass or simply ignore the will of the voters in Union City to maintain one of our few remaining open spaces. The vista available along Mission Boulevard is a signature part of Union City’s Quality of Life and the proposed commercial and high-density housing planned by the Masonic Homes will destroy forever.

Our Save Our Hills Committee has fought these efforts for 5 years and will continue to do so until this beautiful area bordering the Masonic Homes is secure for future generations of Union City residents to enjoy.  We are a dedicated community group who will not be bulldozed by commercial and housing developers or paid political consultants hired by the Masonic Homes.


Edward May 25, 2014 at 05:10 PM
Before there was a town called Union City there was Decoto and the Masonic Home and property had no use restrictions. The People of Union City wanted to keep the "Ridge Line" and hillsides clear of building so we would not have a "Ticky Tacky" panorama, like in the song. The Masons, A non- profit, want to do what no one else will do, any where else in union city, and that is to build low cost Senior housing on their OWN property and we complain. They were here first, long before any of you complainers and this development is not "high Rise " Commercial. It is senior housing for the Baby Boomers who grew up with Union City. This Variance will not set a precedent on other hill side properties and WE would have to take a vote if other flat land was to ever be developed east of Mission Boulevard.
Edward May 25, 2014 at 05:11 PM
The 5 story luxury apartments next to BART cost $2,050.00 per month and up and very few retired seniors could afford that rent. Low cost Senior housing is what the variance vote is all about. Giving Seniors a chance to keep their independence and not move in with there kids or live out of Van like my Baby Boomer Navy Vet sister does. People must come before Worms that live in an empty field.
Cheryl May 26, 2014 at 05:35 PM
Low cost senior housing is great, but as posters pointed out, there are other areas where they can build. It's their land, but I hope they listen to the dissent and build elsewhere. I love the open land, and I'll miss seeing the goats that are there from time to time.
Edward May 27, 2014 at 05:53 PM
When Union City and Fremont decided to not build on the State Highway right of way for Highway 84, It has a lot of land available to do something with. If you could get the City to Swap that land for the Mission Blvd. property and zone the property east of mission Blvd as a Park, then both the Masonic home Residents and the people, who want to save the land from development, would win. The land runs from Mission Boulevard all the way to the 880 - Decoto interchange, across Alvarado Niles Road, Paseo Padre parkway, Fremont Boulevard and is 220 feet wide or more in some places. It is closer to BART, shopping and already has development near it. The State already gave both Cities the right to dispose of the land in any way they see fit and some have proposed parks, trails, Single family homes or even a smaller cross town road. The Cross town road was approved but there was no funding and it would end at Paseo Padre Parkway anyway.
Union City Resident June 05, 2014 at 05:33 AM
The voters made it crystal clear that there was to be no development and that also included the flatlands along Mission blvd owned by the Masonic Home. There are other owners in the flatlands and they can not build either per the vote and unless there is a new vote, nobody can change this. They particularly did not want development that would be seen. It will ruin the entry to Union City if they cram it up now. I know what I am talking about. I am Alice Arce, the Councilmember that worked on this issue when the vote was initially taken and my perspective is firm. It was clear and can not be changed without another vote of the PEOPLE. Wow the pressure on the city council now. It will be interesting to see how they vote and if they got any donations from the Masonic Home folks?? Sure am missing Union City politics.


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