UPDATE: Let me know if this works as a map. If so, Union Pacific bought the two chunks outlined in blue north and south of the actual plant. Click here.
I spoke to UP for several minutes today, but somehow don’t really know much more than what was in today’s story. Here are some key points:
1) Union Pacific intends for the 160 acres site to be a rail yard servicing freight rail, exactly what kind of rail yard (inter-modal, automotive, agricultural), they say they don’t know yet.
2) They plan to use the entire 160 acres, which are on two non-contiguos parcels.
3) Union Pacific has capacity concerns, which led it to buy the former NUMMI land.
From the city I got:
1) The city is scheduled to meet with Union Pacific on Friday.
2) With most private owners, the city can use its powers to zone land as leverage in negotiations. But the railroad is federally regulated and the city doesn’t think has zoning authority over Union Pacific, but it is researching the question.
Speaking of Feds, it doesn’t look like Pete Stark, D-Fremont, will have a comment on this today. Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski just issued a statement, saying found Union Pacific’s purchase “very disturbing” and that it “could have a negative effect on future development plans in the community.”
Kind of a terrible week at City Hall. They found out about this late Tuesday (I suck) and they’re pressing now to figure out if they can salvage their redevelopment projects including the Irvington BART station.