(Cypress, 8/12/2p13) At tonight’s Cypress City Council meeting, Cypress resident, Pat Rudner, went before the Council and reminded everyone that Councilman Doug Bailey was on television in early July 2012, enthusiastically talking about a large Real Estate Investment Trust who was interested in buying the Measure L land.
Bailey even mentioned the substantial square footage planned for that land, which would suggest substantial details about ProLogis’ purchase had already been determined as early as June/July 2012, barely after Cypress residents voted on Measure L on June 5, 2012 in the Presidential Primary.
YouTube shows the date that a video was uploaded to it’s website, and the Bailey interview was uploaded in early July….. which means that his interview was probably taped a week or two earlier.
Rudner reminded everyone that Cypress voters were told that a senior assisted living complex was planned for the Measure L land. There was even a detailed color diagram for the senior center.
Pat Rudner asked the Cypress CIty Council: what happened to the ‘senior center’ that was going to be built on that land? Why did the deal fall through? If the deal fell through, then why wasn’t another corporation found that would build a senior center?
The CIty Council did not have any answers. Doug Bailey responded that that he “did not know what happened” to the Assisted Living Complex, although he did know all about the Real Estate Investment Trust that was interested in buying the land in June/July 2012, down to the square footage of the buildings. – that is a lot of detail on a project that was so new to Cypress. Bailey indicated the Council was not involved in Measure L, although minutes on workshop Council Meetings seem to indicate otherwise.
Doug Bailey said that if people wanted to know what happened to the original ‘Assisted Living Complex’, they would need to ask the former owner of the property.
Multiple sources have indicated that ProLogis simply made a better offer than the developer of the Continuing Care Seniors’ Center, so Cristo Bardis ditched the original buyer.
After Proposition A’s massive defeat, however, even Chris Bardis reportedly recognizes that the switch from a Continuing Care Seniors Community was unacceptable to the community. I’ve been told by an informed source that Bardis even offered to buy the property back from ProLogis.
ProLogis, however, seems bound and determined to move forward.
Fortunately, ProLogis must have the consent of the Cypress City Council to move forward.
Hopefully Council Member Bailey and his colleagues will recognize the will of the voters and insist on a Continuing Care Seniors Community on those 33 acres just down the street from the Medical Center. . . or nothing.
If the people continue speaking up, I would hope the Council would eventually get the message. Truth be told, that Seniors’ Facility is probably just what the doctor ordered!
That’s just one reader’s account of tonight’s Cypress City Council Meeting. If you were there, or saw it on RoadRunner TV, please share anything of interest you observed in a comment below.
Whether or not you saw the meeting, your perspective, diplomatically stated, is always welcome as well.