Above an artist’s rendering of improvements that are coming to Bay Street in the Irvington District. I wrote about the project in today’s paper. Click here to read it.
Bay Street is already a pretty cool place. It has perhaps Fremont’s best falafel, most ornate tea house (if it’s ever open) and most consistently empty parking lot.
It also might have the lowest carbon footprint of any street in town. Many of the merchants, especially on the west side (or is it south side) of the street live directly behind their shops. They commute about 20 feet to work.
That’s why it’s somewhat ironic that in the city’s effort to go green and put more people near transit (Irvington BART 2019, baby!) it’s encouraging the redevelopment of what might be its greenest block.
Anyway all the business owners I talked to also own their properties, and they’re happy that the city is plunking down $7.4 million (minus a $1.7 million MTC grant) for wider sidewalks, decorative street lights, benches and pretty trees. If their sales don’t go up, at least their property values will. Below is Haydee Vega, a Bay Street dressmaker.