Ten years ago, when I was struggling to find a place to live in Berkeley/SF, Fremont was ”bursting at the prospects.” of Pacific Commons, which back then was going to transform Fremont from bedroom community to the heart of Silicon Valley.
How big was the hype? Here’s the beginning of one Argus story from Sept. 29, 1999
A city within a city is on the verge of sprouting in Fremont.
Pacific Commons — a 20,000-job technology business park in the south western part of the city — got its final environmental clearance earlier this month …
Construction could begin by early summer. Proponents are bursting at the prospets of adding so many high-tech jobs to a city long known as a bedroom community.
“You’ve got to love it,” said Tim Reilly, chairman of the Fremont Chamber of Commerce. “It’s Fremont’s turn to rise and be our own city instead of that commute city.”
So what happened? The high tech office market tanked with the dot.com bust. And the only thing that got built at Pacific Commons was a bunch of stores, mostly large national chains. Three of them — Lowe’s, Kohl’s and Costco — ended up helping kill the A’s project which would have gone on land that Cisco had originally planned to develop.