Imagine looking out your bedroom window on a fake 75 foot cellular tower with 9 antennas disguised to be a “faux-tree”. That’s what the Board of Governors of the Eichler Swim and Tennis Club in Palo Alto wants their neighbors to deal with as they try to solve the club’s financial issues.
This is the “neighborhood” club – built by Joseph Eichler to serve the post-modern community that he built with the passion of someone who understands architectural integrity and neighborhood spirit. This is a neighborhood with spectacular late 50’s homes – all architecturally significant and designed by some of the leading contemporary design architects.
Joseph Eichler, the developer who brought contemporary architecture and architecturally significant homes to the area would be mortified.
The Eichler Swim and Tennis Club is the neighborhood club – enjoyed by families who had purchased Eichler homes in Palo Alto.
Now, in 2010, the Board of Governors would rather get lease money for a 75 foot cell tower to be placed on the swim club property rather than consider 1) increasing their membership or 2) asking current members to pay a slight dues increase of $67 a year in dues. That’s about $5.50 a month.
No longer does the club serve the best interests of the community but creates an eye sore in the neighborhood and impacts neighbors. It’s trading the good relationship they’ve had for 52 years with the nearby neighbors for a projected additional revenue of just $67 per member per year.
Tell the Eichler Swim and Tennis Club Board of Governors to stop this project now. Figure out other ways to get money. Don’t put up a fake tree, cell tower in our neighborhood.