The Rotarians are here to praise themselves and their work eradicating polio. Mayor Wasserman is a Rotarian, which isn’t surprising because he’s so old.
Person for person, the Rotarians are probably the fourth most elderly outfit in Fremont trailing only the Dominican Sisters, The Sisters of the Holy Family and the ladies of Moveon.org.
Two speakers are here today. One man complained of many break-ins around town. There’s going to be a meeting in Warm Springs about stuff like that on Thursday, and I’ll make my annual voyage out there to be in attendance.
Now it’s on to the 6-acre vacant Centerville site along Fremont Boulevard.
The city cleaned it up years ago, but it turns out there still contamination there that will cost about $500,000 to $700,000.
The project’s future is in more doubt than ever. Dominic Dutra just came out against it. Last time the vote was 3-2 to keep going with the proposed apartment complex with some retail.
In that vote, Natarajan and Wieckowski were the dissenters. But with Dutra now a dissenter, it’ll be interesting to see if he can peel a third vote.
Nevermind, now Natarajan supports giving the developer a six month extension.
Chan supports a six-month extension as well. That’s three votes when you include Harrison.
Dutra noted that the city will be investing about $26 million for an apartment complex with less retail square footage than a Whole Foods.
“When you’re investing the kind of money we’ve invested in this project…”The only reason you would ever do anything like that is if it was extremely compelling.” …
What we’re trying to do is do something stimulative for the entire area. Will this be stimulative. I don’t think so. We need to look at what’s in the long term interest of Centerville. I don’t think this is.
Council wants to know the score on this in three months. City staffers say they’re not sure they can do that.
Vote is 4-1 to proceed is to give the developer another six months.
Council is now trying to figure out how to subsidize affordable housing with redevelopment in jeopary. Unfortunately, my computer battery is nearly dead, and I seem to have forgotten my plug. My apologizes to the person who asked me to write about this.
You’re not missing much.
UPDATE: Looks like the city is going to consider a bond, maybe for as much as $50 or $60 million to fund future affordable housing projects.