Patterson Ranch project scaled back significantly

Major changes for the Patterson Ranch project.

Richard Frisbie and the Patterson folks have unveiled a new proposal that reduces the number of homes from more than 800 to 520. It also eliminates the elementary school and the shopping center. The tallest homes will be no more than two stories. Previously there were some 5-story buildings proposed. The city park would go from 30 to 40 acres.

All of the homes would be east of Ardenwood Boulevard. The two churches would be west of Ardenwood.

I haven’t asked the environmentalists and the school board what they think about the changes.


Polling on the A’s in Fremont

I have no answers for who’s polling people in Fremont about the A’s. I just called Lew Wolff, and he said it’s not the team, and he doesn’t know who it would be.

Bob Wasserman said he knows someone who got called by a pollster, but he doesn’t know who’s sponsoring the poll.


Fremont loses a coffee shop

A reader emailed me that The Cyclo Cafe at the woebegone Globe Development off of Stevenson and I-880 has closed. It took the cafe forever to open, and when it did, it charged more than $2 for a cup of coffee.

The same reader said that Pasta Presto on Grimmer has also closed. I’d never eaten there.

Speaking of Fremont business, the city’s business guru Daren Fields is retiring. I like Daren even though he insists on misspelling his first name. Word is he’ll pursue is true passion as part of a Peter, Paul and Mary tribute band.

Quiz: Who’s Daren and who’s Peter Yarrow?
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Here’s Peter and the gang:


More Concerns about Patterson Ranch

Fremont Unified School District is getting some backing from the Chamber of Commerce over the latest plan for the big Patterson Ranch development.

Originally, the developers said they’d pay for an elementary school and provide room space for a junior high school. But the proposal includes just $9 million for the elementary school, which the district estimates will cost about $20 million.

One reason the school would cost so much is because  it’s now slated to be built on a liquifaction zone, said the Chamber’s Nina Moore, who used to sit on the school board.

The future of the development is up to the council, not the school board, but the school board could mess with whoever ends up developing the project.

It can declare that students in the future complex will be farmed out to whatever schools have space for them, even if the school is far away. That won’t help property values.

The school district put its concerns in writing on the projects environmental impact report. The chamber did the same.