I am writing to clarify the position of the Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association on developer Avi Nevo’s project at 1820 Solano Avenue.
As you report (Dec. 17), the proposed office/retail development received favorable reviews from both TONA’s Board and its general membership.
But it is not true, as your article also implies, that TONA officially supported the project. Because of problems that have occurred in the past, TONA does not officially endorse proposals for development. If we think a project is acceptable, we do not oppose it.
Thus it is also untrue, as Mr. Nevo reportedly claims, that "the building was so popular with local residents that the Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association featured a sketch of it on the cover of their newsletter."
Mr. Nevo’s architect, David Trachtenberg, was scheduled to present the project at our October general meeting. The drawing appeared on a leaflet that was inserted in the TONA newsletter so as to give neighbors a better idea of what was going to be discussed, not to indicate approval of the project.
President, Thousand Oaks Neighborhood Association