Where Would Jesus Live?
A north Fontana pastor DC Tomas was among the throng of tract home property owners who passionately petitioned the Fontana Planning Commission last week. His sermon was quick and the propaganda fierce, as he induced the crowd into a frenzy, demanding the body block the construction of a high-end luxury apartment complex in the area.
The reverend, as well 40 other residents who addressed the commission, all seemed unified by the premise that "property owners" are superior to "renters."
The landowners warned the commission that the proposed Lytle Creek Apartments development was to be located in an area with established single-family homes, and would attract gangs and drug dealers. Furthermore, the high-density housing would overcrowd schools and increase traffic.
Holland Development countered, telling the commission that the 233-unit complex would fill a niche in the Inland Empire housing market. The apartments would range in sizes from 810 to 1431 square feet, and rent at market rates comparable to Rancho Cucamonga. The gated property is to be loaded with plush amenities, including a cyber cafe.
Tom Warren, president of Holland Development, told the commission that 41 percent of people rent by choice, not necessity.
Fontana is a city where housing without wheels has become progressive, and Lytle Creek Apartments represents the first multi-family apartment complex in 15 years.
The commission delayed their vote to October 3, asking for more time to compile crime rate analysis and review traffic patterns and flows.
In the meantime, residents of north Fontana are reviewing their classist and fear-mongering talking points. (Tommy Purvis)