Last night I stopped by the library at Bret Harte Middle School in Hayward, where residents were pouring over big maps showing many acres of property in the Hayward Highlands area owned by the state Department of Transportation. As many of you know, Caltrans bought the property to build an elevated extension of Interstate 238 through the Hayward foothills, but that plan went kerplunk and now the agency is going to sell it all — apartments, houses, open space and everything else.

Sara Buizer, a senior city planning manager, asked people to mark the maps with whatever they’d like to see there. Some people made sure to leave room for green space. Others expressed concern about Carlos Bee traffic and more high-density housing. Others promoted high-density housing, particularly the Quarry Village project.

If anyone reading this went to that meeting or the other one on Tuesday, we’d like to hear your thoughts.

The Bret Harte meeting was the second of three, each focusing on a different part of the Caltrans land. The third is to be held next week with an emphasis on the southern stretch of Caltranslandia, from Harder Road to Industrial Parkway.

Next meeting: takes place 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 13 (next Wednesday) at the UFCW Local 870 Union Hall at 28870 Mission Blvd.

  • Bret Harte is a Middle school.

  • I fixed the typo in the post above (it had said elementary school). Thanks for the swift correction. Sitting between two stacks, I was impressed with the library’s book collection.

  • Caltarns should fix up Fourth, Valley, Clay, and High Streets (Those are near Markham School and All Saints Church) there is no sidewalks and boarded up houses because of this freeway project. If they sell the land a park would be great on D Street at Clay.

    Also, I Like Bret Harte’s Library! It had great best books and stuff for projescts and book fairs. I used to go to BHMS and now I go to Hayward High.

  • Fernando Hernandez

    I participated in the first meeting at city hall, dealing with the northern area of the properties in question starting at the end of Foothill down to Carlos Bee.

    There was certainly strong support for a green belt/bike path starting at San Lorenzo Creek and going all the way past Carlos Bee.

    There was also strong support for a park on the 4th street area, possibly on 4th between B and A, (there is one small brown house on a huge lot)

    The issue of traffic, accidents and public safety in the 4th Street area was brought up several times,

    If my memory serves me right most people seemed to agree that density was an issue in the upper Bst. area, and that limiting the new construction to single family residential would be better than more apartment complexes or the such.

    I enjoyed the process, and would encourage other folks to go and put in their two cents.

  • J. W. Kyle

    February 8. 2008

    As I recall his concept, retired professot S.Lewis wants to build 1,000 unuts of housintg plus a small grocery store and a retail outlet of some sort, with very lomited parking atrrangement for the entire development.

    Perhaps Mr. O’btrien might chance an interview with that zany proponent of a highly problematic development type, due to density and lack of parking etc on a limited site of about 29 acres. It would be well to have him express his ideas once again,so that our good citizens will thoroughly understand that man’s concept for social disaster.

    Personally. I’d prefer to see a new Bret Harte Middle School on that site…. it makes sense and as I understand it the City and School District would like to collaborate on a new Middle School located within the old quarry boundary,much as they did with Burbank School.

    The present Bret Hart School site is topographically handicapped as well as limited in size. Once removed the present Bret Harte site would be redeveloped to something near high quality residential use and should bring a pretty pfenning on the land sale as well as an above average price for end product, since it is adjacent to HARD’s nice little sports park facing E street.

    So there you go Mr. O’Brien…. Hayward needs a challenging interview of the City council members and staff, HUSD Trusttes and S. Lewis by you. Such an interview, when published in the Review, ought aid understanding of the need to move Bret Harte while exposing the proposed, extremely high density housing idea as a joke.

    Do not forget to ask the professor if he has had much luck in finding construction financing. I’m sure most lenders in the area recall the Geneva Towers fiasco in San Francisco,,,,,, and how many times have we seen fairly recent live TV broadcasts where the focus was on socisl experiments in housing that failed and had to be blown up to correct the problem.

  • A park and a coumunity center would be good at that huge lot on Clay and D streets or on Fourth Street at A Street. Since Markham School is closed and locked on evenings and weekends.

    Bret Harte does need a replacement. It is too crowded and small and it’s on the Hayward Fault.

  • A reminder that the last meeting is tonight. Anyone going to blog it? These comments are all really helpful as we look at future coverage.

  • J. W. Kyle

    February 13, 2008

    The Review story about the loss of the Ford Dealership on Mission Blvd is regrettable but not rellay a surprise. Poor Kevin Dowlihng, his contribution to the story is weak if not poor. Even more sorry is failure to acknowledge his part in facilitating the departue of that dealership; you see, Mr. Dowling was part of the group which fought and won the battle over the construction of the 238 Bypass. The dealers along Mission Blvd had, during the battle of 238 Bypass, repeatedly pointed out that the Bypass would aid visibility of ‘auto row’and place them in more competitive position than where they find themselves now.

    You can expect that GM will be reducing the product line, so that their bvarious similatr models will not hinder rather than enhance sales. To cut overhead the folks at general motors have eben spoken about reduction in numbers of dealers so that the stronger guys will survive in the more competitive markets as between foreign aand domestic manufacturers. Thank God for the continued exisyence of the SF Chronicle which recemtly ran a story or two over the facts I mention above.

    Ever try parking on Mission for the purpose of visiting a show room floor or waiting for the onsite traffic to move ahes while waiting for service Department to open? It is a hard thing to do on Mission qwheter it be morning or night traffic along southbound mission.

    Well, thanks again to professor Lewis whose presence and activism in Hayward has done little to make Hayward a better place. I’ll be buying and realeaseing red leg frogs and whipsnakes on his 1,000 apartment AND LIMITED AUTO PARKING unit site in the ‘old quarry’ ofF Carlos Bee Blvd.

  • Ford Motor has been talking about dealer consolidation since 2006. But even if I spent all of last weekend at the national auto convention at Moscone Center, I don’t think I’d be able to provide you, John, any better explanation about the specific circumstances leading to the local franchise’s recent move. In recent weeks, I had visited their office and left multiple phone messages that were not returned. Informed speculation has its merits, but that doesn’t make it the record.