Richard Frisbie has more on his plate than Patterson Ranch

The Urban Planner, who signs his name “Frisbie” has alerted residents of a proposed development in the Irvington District.

The subdivision would include 145 single-family homes and 40 apartments and a park located between Paseo Padre Parkway and Washington Boulevard. the plan “contemplates” extending Union Street into the subdivision and realigning and extending High Street to connect with Main Street.

It goes to the Planning Commission on Oct. 23.

It will be interesting to see where the council’s smart growthers stand on 140 single-family homes relatively close to the planned Irvington BART Station.

Matt Artz


  1. The Irvington BART Station is nothing more than a gleam in the eye of our current city council. The City of Fremont would need to come up with a couple hundred million to build it.
    Those chances were considered slim and none before the current death spiral of our economy so what are the chances of it becoming a reality now?
    I know, we could ask the state for the money!

  2. I have been surprised to see no other comments posted about this story. But, we all have a tendency to comment on what impacts us directly.

    The Frisbie Planning Co., as Matt pointed out in the headline, is the developer behind Paterson Ranch. Now Mr. Frisbie is interested in developing this toothpick shaped slip of land in the center of the city. Since we live in close proximity we received in the mail a 9×12 envelope complete with full-color plot plan and elevation drawings of the homes and apartments.

    The plot plan included measurements for easements, streets, paths, etc. A quick addition of the numbers show the development to be approximately 120′ wide on the Paseo Padre end, 162′ wide in the middle, and 96′ wide on the Washington Blvd. end. That’s why I referred to it as a toothpick.

    I guess this is what we can expect throughout the city in the future. Cram in as many homes as possible on any remaining slip of land not developed.

    My questions:
    1. With so many homes in foreclosure, how in the world can new developments like this be a sound business practice?

    2. How can we continue to take on additional housing developments as the state warns about severe water restrictions due to prolonged drought conditions?

    3. Am I missing something?

  3. Mr. Frisbee used to be a Fremont City employee. He is a heavy contributor $$ to Politicians campaign funds.
    He is a developer who usually always gets his way.
    This present Council and Mayor do not listen to the people of Fremont, unless you contribute money to there to there political campaign.
    We need a change

  4. Doug –
    I’m curious about the same thing.
    It makes NO sense to me that the city keeps granting approval for these developers’ proposals to fill every vacant lot with “high density housing”. How many people can a community support? Does it need to keep growing and growing with the resulting strain on schools and other public services?
    There is always talk about hiring more police or firefighters, but I never hear anything about increasing the budget to recruit more teachers, build a new or expand a current school, etc.
    There is currently (from what I understand) a waiting list for kindergarten at Niles Elementary. But they just finished up a new development with approx. 40 homes and are now building a new one. Where are these kids going to go to school?
    Where are the kids in this proposed new Irvington development going to go? I’m sure schools in the Irvington district are crowded as well.

  5. Jen, I can give an unofficial answer regarding the elementary age children if this development is put in. They will most likely attend Durham.

    Every elementary school in Fremont is impacted and kids are overloaded to other schools.

    There is little communication between city government and the school district. The district is left to deal with it.

    High school age students will most likely attend Kennedy because of drops in enrollment there. If there was an A’s Ballpark Village, those high school age students would also attend Kennedy.

    Now you know why there are traffic jams in front of every school in the city.

  6. I remember the school board was considering using the time a child has lived in an elementary zone as a factor for filling kindergarten. A can’t fathom why this wasn’t taken up.

    Anyway, that “toothpick shaped slip of land” looks like a fine place to build 9 more holes.

  7. Marty, if they built nine more holes they would have to fit them around the “environmentally sensitive areas”, whereas if you plop housing in you obviously don’t have to worry about that.

    One more thing, these homes will be tall, skinny three-stories, so parking is underneath and living spaces above, which is now all the rage among urban planners. They will sit almost immediately on top of the Hayward Fault. The developer has indicated on the plot plan the “fault setback line” and the fault line. The plan shows a small park immediately over the fault line’s path. This way they can state no homes sit on the fault line.

    What surprises me about this development is I thought all neighborhoods had to have at least two points of egress for emergency requirements. There appears to be only one street with exits to Union St. and High St. Both are situated towards one end. I guess they will argue that the 16 ft. wide pedestrian trail suffices as another emergency exit.

  8. Richard Frisbie also has his hands full working with John Sobrato and the mayor of Newark putting together a thousand plus housing development in a mixed wetland and seasonal wetland site in western Newark. More sprawl that we do not need. For Frisbie and for elected officials, it seems, it is all about the profits to be made with no regard for quality of life for residents.

  9. Doug, it appears that Richard Frisbie doesn’t mind if our children are swallowed into the earth’s hellfire as an earthquake topples homes on parents trapped in a parking tomb of death.

  10. I did see some info in my recent “Election Info” book that everyone gets about a bond measure for the East Bay Regional Parks. There is mention of $8 million or so allocated to Coyote Hills to purchase more land in “front of” the current park.

    Will this measure help to stop the Patterson Ranch development if it passes (sorry, can’t remember which letter it is off the top of my head)?

    Wouldn’t the Don Edwards Refuge be negatively impacted if they put a golf course and homes in west of Thornton Ave. in Newark?

    It frustrates me to no end that our elected officials don’t seem to “get it” as far as urban planning goes. I don’t have any particular expertise in the field, but I can certainly see that sprawling out at a city’s edge and leaving the center to wither away isn’t a good strategy and is a detriment to the quality of life.

    Other than being skilled at scratching each other’s backs, what expertise do all these folks have? They certainly don’t seem to be a voice for the majority of residents.

  11. Another interesting twist to the piece of land within the proposed development is a Draft Removal Action Workplan is underway by Cal/EPA’s Dept. of Toxic Substances Control. This is the UPRR Corridor through there.

    This is verbatim from that Draft RAW, “The soil in the area is contaminated primarily with arsenic, lead, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from operations at the site.”

    In a nutshell, no homes will be built on the portion that is contaminated and the impacted soil will be excavated. This is approx. 16,000 cu. yds of soil. The excavated soil will be used in the new embankment areas for the realigned Driscoll and Osgood Roads.

    Again from the Draft RAW, “Clean soil will be brought in and placed on top of the contaminated soil to a depth of at least two feet”.

  12. We still have 25 days to elect the right people, maybe.

    On Nov 4, Fremont residents can send a message to the politicos by getting rid of incumbents Bob Wieckowski & Bob Wasserman.

  13. The majority of funds from WW will go to land acquisition, but this doesn’t infer that Patterson Ranch would be bought up and preserved. Especially for $8 million. I’d say it’s a carrot included by the EBRPD for those who’ve have issues with the area being developed.

  14. We’re getting closer to election day guys. Vote for the people that have taken a pledge not to accept money from developers! Trust me it makes a big difference – they won’t carry the influence of these developers aiming for one thing only – $$.

  15. The Frisbie Planning Co. will be conducting a community meeting this Saturday to present its plan for Central Park South to the residents of Irvington, which will be impacted by the development. The meeting will not take place in Irvington, but the very north end of Fremont at the Forest Park Apartments. Maybe fewer people show up that way? And coincidentally the address of the meeting location was wrong; 5160 Paseo Padre Parkway, not 5016 Paseo Padre Parkway.

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