It took three weeks of discussion, but downtown residents announced Monday, May 14, that they finally settled a dispute over a four-story roof-top patio on the Madera apartment building under construction at the former Minton's Lumber yard site.
After outcry from neighbors over potential noise coming from parties and a TV, Prometheus Real Estate Group agreed to neighborhood demands to not allow any audio or video devices with "externally audible" speakers on the roof, and to reduce the effective size of 2,200 square foot patio with planter boxes to create "distinctive circulation areas," said Robert Cox of the Old Mountain View neighborhood Association in an email.
Prometheus also agreed to not allow more than 50 people on the patio, to post rules, to restrict access to those with keys, to allow only special events hosted by Prometheus or residents and will have management or security officers available to handle complaints on a 24-hour basis. The patio will be closed from a 10 p.m. to 9 a.m. daily
Cox thanked planning director Randy Tsuda for working with a committee of neighbors on the deal, which allows "future residents the opportunity to enjoy this amenity while providing a minimal impact on the surrounding neighborhood."