Opposition stalls condo project at Fountaingrove athletic club

  • Artist rendering of the proposed Terrazzo at Fountaingrove, a 66-unit condominium project overlooking the golf and country club, has club members up in arms.

A proposed condominium complex overlooking the Fountaingrove Golf and Athletic Club has club members upset it could mar their poolside views of wooded hillsides.

The Terrazzo at Fountaingrove project proposes 66 condominium units just north of the outdoor pool and spa enjoyed by about 1,000 club members and their families.

Members of the private club, where dues run about $600 a month for a family, have a long list of concerns about the project, from the dust and noise during two years of construction to residents' use of a club access road.

But the single biggest complaint is the size and scale of the buildings that loom large over their Olympic-size pool and hot tubs.

"Who wants to try to relax at poolside staring into a 50-foot high wall of apartments?" said Jerry Gladstone, 67.

The project had been scheduled to go before the Santa Rosa Planning Commission Thursday, but the hearing was canceled Friday after opponents submitted additional comments and reports.

Gladstone, a retired Agilent Technologies vice president, has been a member of the athletic club since it opened in 2004 and works out there every day.

Gladstone and other members also are suspicious about the project because one of the developers is Bill Carle, the former club president.

Gladstone notes that Carle was on the board in 2008 when it signed off on various easements that set the stage for development of the 7.5-acre parcel.

"Doesn't that sound fishy?" Gladstone said.

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