When pitching or defending their projects before skeptical and even hostile residents, most developers and their representatives usually bite their lips and remain polite even in the face of withering criticism. But a pair of separate meetings last week in Echo Park and Montecito Heights show that some developers might no longer be willing to take it anymore. Casey Lynch, who is planning to build 18 homes near Preston and Baxter Avenues in Echo Park, expressed his frustration during a meeting last Wednesday night during which he complained about personal attacks. “If the community wants to be involved in dialogue with developers, then is an adult and productive way to go around it,” said Lynch.
Some of the residents present advised Casey to get a thicker skin. “I sense that you are very hurt,” said Isa-Kae Meksin during the Wednesday night meeting. “You must learn to detach yourself and not take it personally.”
One night later in Montecito Heights, things got testy at a meeting over a proposed 36-home development on a Montecito Heights hilltop owned by the Church of the Foursquare Gospel. During a meeting earlier this year, a consultant to the property owner, Vince Daly, pictured above, was visibly irritated during the lengthy meeting, with his face turning red as he engaged in heated exchanges with residents. Last week’s meeting, which included Daly and church officials Greg Campbell, also had included some tense exchanges, according to an account in Patch. Campbell “snapped at a community member” in response to specific demands:
However, despite Campbell’s stated willingness to explore all options, Thursday’s meeting turned testy when Highland Park resident Nicole Possert demanded that Campbell come to the table at June’s meeting with more detailed information about the property, and the possibility of preserving it as open space. “We don’t need to be told what to do by you,” Campbell said. “I said I’m open to it, but I’m not going to be told what to do.”