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No more Naka Nursery

The Nakamura family vacated the Naka Nursery and Mission Adobe Garden Center along Niles Boulevard earlier this month. As you can see, it looks pretty bare.

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The city is preparing to invite nursery businesses to bid for lease of the 11-acre city-owned property. One very possible scenario is for Regan’s Nursery – the last major nursery in Fremont – to take over the spot.

Regan’s is on city-owned land at Decoto Road and Fremont Boulevard, that was set aside for the Route 84 project that never materialized. If Regan’s moved to the Naka site, which is a park and unavailable for development, the city could sell the current Regan’s site and make some money on the land sale. A request for bidders on the Naka site is expected to be released in late September. Regan’s has already expressed interest, city folks said.

There’s also a new nonprofit sustainable agriculture group in town, LEAF. They plan to bid for the 11-acre site, which they would use for community and display gardens, but the city is apprehensive about turning over the land to a fledgling nonprofit.

However, LEAF is about to take over maintenance of the adjacent rose garden, seen below.

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Matt Artz