By Matt Artz
Wednesday, October 8th, 2008 at 3:31 pm in Fremont.
Well, I wouldn’t necessarily call it a bait and switch, but it definitely was a switch. Last October Blake Hunt Ventures was selected to develop the city’s vacant 6.6-acre site in Centerville into a retail center, anchored by a supermarket. That fizzled, but Blake Hunt survived. On Tuesday, the council voted unanimously to negotiate exclusively with the development firm on a completely different project with nearly 300 apartments, a pool, and more than 30,000 square feet of retail space.
Anu Natarajan and Bob Wieckowski never wanted the supermarket plan, so they were happy. Mayor Wasserman and Councilmember Bill Harrison seemed OK with it. Councilman Steve Cho seemed downright opposed until he voted in favor of it.
The folks from Centerville, who last time this was discussed said they didn’t want anyone there making under $80,000 a year, didn’t show up for this one.
Fences and walls:
The city is going to print a guide for residents who bought a home along a major roadway like Paseo Padre only to find that the fence put in by the developer is now starting to fall apart. Sorry, the fence is on private property, and the city has no intention helping pay for new fences even though some of the ones falling apart are a major eyesore.
I’ve been asked not to call them Monster Homes, and I’m trying to oblige. The council did what they said they were going to do. Short moratorium on new two-story homes and additions in Mission Ranch and Glenmoor followed by new development standards.
Acting as the Redevelopment Agency, the council approved a $3 million loan for Allied housing to buy a 1.6-acre parcel at 3615 Main Street to build a 55-63-unit affordable housing development.
Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy
Good news: The city got a good interest rate on bond-like financial instruments that were issued just before Wall Street went kaput. Also, the city is using dirt unearthed from the big grade separation project to fill a big hole at the old swim lagoon. The deal should save the city about $500,000, Annabell Holland says.