Resident Darla Bunker, whose husband works for the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, said she always knew she would be asked to leave the complex at Middlefield Road and Moffett Boulevard, but never like this.
"It's not like they asked us to move out in 60 days, they gave us eviction notices," she said. "To get a 60-day notice pinned on your door ... it's a little gut-wrenching to receive something like that."
Bunker said she will miss the community of military and government personnel. She has neighbors employed by the FBI, the Geological Survey and the General Services Administration. Some of them are also military veterans.
The eviction notice states that retired military personnel are being asked to leave, Bunker said, but it is unclear how many. Complex manager Ken Streiff referred the Voice to management company spokesperson Stacia Schuster, who did not return phone calls.
According to Daniel Vargas, chief of staff of Army Reserves at Moffett Field, the Army may need the room because a new training and reserve center is set to replace the vacant Orion Park housing, and 34 active duty Army personnel are currently arriving at Moffett. But he said he could not explain how or if the 34 new personnel led to the Shenandoah evictions.
Management company Clarke-Pinnacle has already denied requests from Bunker and others for lease extensions, Bunker said. They also won't be providing any relocation expenses, such the two months rent and $500 allowance that the city requires tenants be paid whenever an apartment is slated for redevelopment.
Patricia Matthews, spokesperson for the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Palo Alto, said no VA Hospital patients were being evicted.
Bunker moved into the 1,100-square-foot, $1,500-a-month apartment after the Orion Park housing complex near Moffett Field was closed down in 2006. She said she doesn't know why the Army is in such a hurry and would like to stay until the end of the year.
Bunker wonders if the evictions aren't a consequence of complaints from several neighbors at a recent town hall meeting regarding new rules for the complex. Bunker said Clarke-Pinnacle wanted severe restrictions on the types of plants and furniture people were allowed to have on their patios, among other things.
"We kind of gather this is their way of remedying this," she said.