Fremont: Niles Banquet Hall could lose use permit

From my favorite Niles chat group: The Planning Commission is considering amending or revoking the use permit for Niles Banquet Hall, owned by Ohlone College and Water Board Trustee John Weed.

One wedding reception this year ended in a shooting and another in a stabbing.

If I wasn’t 3,000 miles away on vacation, I’d call John Weed and the city and find out exactly what’s going on. But that will have to wait.

Here’s what I saw on the chat group:

NILES HALL – 37270 NILES BOULEVARD – (PLN2009-00004) – to consider
modification or revocation of a Conditional Use Permit or Permits that
currently allow a nightclub and social hall in the Niles Planning
Area. This project is categorically exempt under California
Environmental Quality Act guideline 15301, Existing Facilities and
15321, Enforcement Actions by Regulatory Agencies.

UPDATE: John Weed’s reply on the Niles group follows:

Please feel free to contact me if you have questions and/or concerns about the Niles Banquet Hall. (John Weed,  510-651-1885, cell phone; or jhweed@aol.com). I am the owner of the Niles Banquet Hall, through Niles Properties, Inc.  of which I am the sole owner.  I have owned this property since 1995.  In the 13 years prior to the tragic incident of February 16, 2008, there had not been a single call the Fremont Police Department for a violent act at this property.  I sincerely appreciate all comments and suggestions on the current status and future of the Hall.  The Use Permit was issued in 1972, and amended in 1975.
I have strived to have this building be a valued public asset, serving the culturally diverse community of Fremont.   A partial list of past events and activities at the Hall:

Niles Town Pot-Lucks,

Community Meetings,

Theater (including Cole Porter’s, Anything Goes)

Children’s Theater (Kids Take the Stage)

Dinner Theater (including Madrigal Dinner, a renaissance-themed dinner theater);

Parade marshalling area (Thanksgiving Friday and 4th of July);

Men’s Singing Group Practice, Voices in Harmony

Silent Film Festival

Jazz Festival

Country Line Dancing Clubs

Corporate Banquets and Parties

Tool Shows and Sales

Antique Auction

Religious Services, some beginning at Midnight

Political Fund Raisers,

BBQ Cook-0ff (Swine and Wine Festival)

Farmer’s Market (Niles Main Street May to Oct)

Cheer Leader Practice

Fund Raisers

Wedding Receptions

Birthday Parties

Baptism Celebrations

Retirement Dinners

Deaf Community events

Tian Gong International Foundation

Cultural Groups: Fijians, Indo-Fijians, Cambodians, Tongans, Samoans, Portuguese

Religious Congregations; Assemblies of God, Orthodox Church (Greek and Russian) Sufi Muslim, Sunni Muslim, Jehovah Witnesses, Roman Catholic, San Francisco Bay Area Jewish youth organization

John, Niles Boulevard

Matt Artz


  1. The Niles group cougars are going to have a reply-all field day with this one.

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