Fremont visits Union Pacific in Omaha

Several city leaders including councilmembers Sue Chan and Anu Natarajan ventured to Union Pacific headquarters in Omaha last week to pitch Fremont’s vision of 160-acres adjacent to the former NUMMI plant, which the railroad bought last year.

The railroad didn’t say much about the city’s plan for high-density housing and high-end offices. It also didn’t give a timeline for what it will do with the property.

But city officials said they were pleased they got an audience with top UP officials including CEO Jim Young. They told UP that the north parcel, which is closer to BART, is more vital to their development aspirations than the south parcel.

City officials also met representatives from UP’s automotive and intermodal units — the two most interested in the Fremont site.

Matt Artz

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