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Downtown Hayward nightclub: Boon or bust?

By Eric Kurhi
Wednesday, November 4th, 2009 at 12:15 pm in Business, Crime, Development, General, Hayward, Odds & Ends, Politics.

Anyone care to weigh in on the prospect of a restaurant and nightclub in downtown Hayward? The idea is going before the Planning Commission tomorrow night, and they will make a recommendation one way or another for the City Council, who will have the final word.

Officials and the owner of the building say it’s a very exciting prospect and a good fit for the area, bringing in additional nightlife as well as providing a family restaurant during the day and most nights. There are also plans to host community-oriented events on Sundays, such as poetry readings and talent shows. 

Club managers are reportedly planning on spending upwards of $1 million to polish up the venue, which sits next to Newman Park. The building owner envisions opening up the brick wall that faces the park, with windows overlooking the greenery.

However, A CommPre director fears the worst, that clientele of a hip-hop/R&B club would scare people away from the area on Friday and Saturday nights. She said it would be like having Kumbala in the middle of downtown, and that Newman Park would suffer the ignobleness of drunken club patrons who would use it as a restroom or worse.

The Review will attend tomorrow night’s meeting to see if the proposal spurs debate, but we’d love to hear what HayWord readers think.

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  • J. W. Kyle

    I favor Compre’s attitude ! Do not let it happen.

    Not two many years ago I wrote a “My Word’ piece which in essence syuggested that the theater make it a staedy practice of showin forign language fims which meet the mneeds of receently arrived emmigrants living in the south county area.

    Thereason why the ‘old centerville’ AREA BEACME KNOWN AS ‘LITTLE KABUL” is due to ethefactr that the old 500 seat Centerviolle theater began shown Asian films so that those now living in this country could have ‘somewhere to go’ outside the home.

    Hayward Unified Schools need teachers in languages other than English… the transition to greater success in HUSD requires teachers conversant in many languages of Persia and Asia. Teachers will follow the business opportunities.

    a PATIENT AT kAISER??? sOME PRETTY SMART FOLKS WORKING THERE ARE NOT NATIVE TO a,MERICA. wHERE DO THEY SEE MOVIES OR FIND REATAURANTS CATERING TO THEIR NEEDS? wHAT OF OTHER BUSINEEES WHICH WOULOD OPEN HERE IF THE DAMN THEATER SHWED SOME FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILMS. dOSN’T THAT MANAGEMENT GRASP THE FACT THAT AN IMMIGRANT IS NOW IN CHARGE OF CAL STATE EAST BAY’S HAYWARD CAMPUS?

    What then follows is the entreprenurOal types open businesses which cater to the needs of those who desire clothintg, food, home decorations which meet a need for overcoming nostalgias and faster adjustment to life where acceptance is more than just a word.

    Enough of Bars already!

  • J. W. Kyle

    sO, OVERCOME THE TEMPTATION TO CRITICIZE MY TYPING SKILLS! tHERE IS ENOUGH AT # 1 ABOVE FOR ALL TO GRASP THE IDEA!

  • http://flickr.com/people/alexh1013 Alex Harmon

    i think it would be a improvement. i can also get downtown Hayward more known when radio stations like 94.9, 99.7, or 106.1 when they advertise clubs. It can also help get more business in downtown and some new. it could also help out the Century Theater. just need some people to keep it safe.

    speaking of Kumbala, whats going on with the building its in? all the tenants closed about a month ago. anyone know whats happening to the building?

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