By Matt Artz
Tuesday, October 19th, 2010 at 10:26 pm in Uncategorized.
Not my best night — or The Yankees best night, for that matter.
While the council learned about plans to expand the Capitol Corridor service from seven to 11 round trips through Fremont, I was doing my big one month clean up.
While the council discussed the NUMMI site, I was sulking.
As for Capitol Corridor, only one Niles person spoke against it, so how big a deal can it be?
Actually the city does think it’s a big deal.
1) Because Capitol Corridor neglected to notify city officials of the planned changes; and
2) Because to boost train service through Fremont and link the Capitol Corridor service with the Union City BART Station, could potentially cause more commuter and freight train traffic in Niles and Centerville. And no one likes to hear those horns blow.
As for the NUMMI site, the council heard pretty much the same spiel that was given at the public meeting in Warm Springs earlier this month.
The consultants sought to temper Fremont’s grand ambitions for the land around the plant. They don’t think it’ll make a great commercial center, and the economy isn’t exactly demanding a whole lot of anything right now.
Natarajan and Wasserman, who called himself “a bit of a dreamer” urged the consultants to keep thinking big, even if the market doesn’t justify it at this point.
I’ll try to be more detailed next week when the council takes up the Patterson Ranch project — 500 homes near beautiful Coyote Hills Regional Park, and just a short 30 minute drive to Warm Springs Elementary School.
BTW, The Tri-City Ecology Center recommends approval of the Patterson Ranch project. I know Morrison is the chair, and he got paid a lot by the Pattersons four years ago. But it just shows this thing is going to get approved.