An idea worth having

Bob Wieckowski has a lot of ideas. Sometimes they’re pretty good. When the council gave the green light to Patterson Ranch, Wieckowski suggested the Pattersons donate an additional 5 acres of open space west of Ardenwood Boulevard that the school district could trade to the city, to expand Ardenwood Elementary School onto City parkland.

The next week, the urban planner, known in city circles as Fris, sent this letter to the school district making the offer.


What does the school district think about the offer?
Too early to tell.

Here’s what the superintendent wrote:
I am appreciative that Mr. Frisbie is looking to find ways to help the District address the historic overcrowding in north Fremont. The Board of Education Members and I have held meetings with the community and we have heard a range of opinions about options that meet the needs to new and future residents of north Fremont. I can assure you that there is no easy answer to mitigate the lack of school seats in the Patterson communities of Forest Park, Villa D’Este, Ardenwood and the new Patterson Ranch. While I cannot comment on how the District will respond to the correspondence at this time because our Board has not taken a position on the offer, I know our Board remains committed to working with the community, the City, and the developers to finally address this long-standing concern.

And here’s the first paragraph of the letter, which I know is tough to read:
Patag, a California Limited Partnership with the General Partner, PFM, Inc., a California Corporation
(“Patag”) hereby makes an offer of dedication to the Fremont Unified School District (“District”) of up to
five acres of property generally located at the northwest corner of Ardenwood Boulevard and Paseo
Padre Parkway (the “Parkland Property”), which shall be adjacent to the eight acres Patag will be
dedicating to the City of Fremont as a condition of approval of the Patterson Ranch Project. The
property shall be used solely for purposes of an exchange of land with the City for up to five acres of
land in Deep Creek Park adjacent to Ardenwood Elementary School to be developed for school purposes
for the benefit of the Ardenwood Elementary Attendance Area as currently delineated.

Matt Artz


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    Also, the resulting gasses and their sources occur naturally and are not characterized as any kind of a threat to human activities, e.g., we dont run around warning folks to avoid brassica fields and (2) there does not appear to be a need to provide the same prophylaxis (“tenting” the effected fields – for example) required with chemical fumigants like methyl bromide – – –

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