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Centerville development back to the drawing board

The big vacant city-owned lot at Thronton Avenue and Fremont Boulevard is going to stay that way for awhile longer. What was going to be a Ralphs and then a mix of housing and retail (twice), and then an unnamed supermarket and then a bunch of live-work units is once again a blank slate.

BRE Properties, which was part of a development partnership seeking to build 300 units of housing and some storeson the site that also borders Bonde Way and Post Street, bailed out of the project recently. City folks say the economy did them in.

 Now the council will decide if it wants to continue with BRE’s partner Blake Hunt, which would have to find a new housing developer, probably with a new plan. If not, they can find a new developer or wait out the economy.

That means

Matt Artz