Fremont leaders trying to move 109-year-old building off historic resources list

FREMONT — Where preservationists see a storied 109-year-old building considered one of Fremont’s landmarks, city leaders see an empty, seismically unsafe structure that should be removed from the historic buildings list and sold because it has lost any historical value.

That 5-year-long debate over a small Mission San Jose District building on a quarter-acre lot will continue for the foreseeable future, as Fremont’s Historical Architectural Review Board last week asked city staffers for more information before deciding the issue.

City planners say they might deliver that report in the next month or two to the review board.

David Price, the board’s chairman, noted that fellow board members first asked city staffers for that information five years ago and still are waiting for it.

“I heard more historical analysis in the past 20 minutes than I’ve heard from staff since 2009,” Price said last week.

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Newark meeting on Area 2-Dumbarton plan at 7pm tonight (Wed.)

Newark city leaders have scheduled a meeting at 7 p.m. tonight (Wednesday, April 9) to discuss with the public the plans to build homes in Area 2, as part of the Dumbarton Transit Oriented Development.

The meeting will be held at Newark City Hall, 6th Floor, Council Chambers, 37101 Newark Blvd. It’s free and open to all members of the public.

The development is near the intersection of Willow Street and Enterprise Drive, on Newark’s western edge, near industrial companies and other housing tracts.

The project’s first phase has been approved for constructing 547 homes. The second phase would build 220 residences — that plan is up for council approval on April 24. The 3rd phase, involving Trumark Residential’s proposal to build 224 homes, will be heard by the Planning Commission on April 22.

For more information, go to www.newark.org. or call 510-578-4200 during business hours.



Services scheduled for Marine, Logan High grad killed in crash last week

Source: New Haven Unified School District in Union City

Memorial services are scheduled this week for James Logan High School graduate and U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Andrew Silva, who was killed early last Tuesday when his motorcycle was hit near the corner of Fremont Boulevard and Decoto Road in Fremont, by a car driven by a man who allegedly ran a red light while fleeing police. The man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and several other charges related to Lance Cpl. Silva’s death.

Lance Cpl. Silva, a leadership student and a football player who graduated from Logan in 2009, had just returned in February from active duty in Afghanistan, according to Logan House Principal Francis Rojas. He is survived by his wife, Julie Little Nguyen, who wasLogan’s student body president in 2009, and their 2-year-old son, Noah.

Visitation hours are from 2 to 10 p.m. today, Wednesday and Thursday at St. Anne Catholic Church, 32223 Cabello St., Union City. A funeral is scheduled at noon Friday at the church, with burial to follow at 1:30 p.m. at Chapel of the Chimes, 32992 Mission Blvd.,Hayward.

Donations to help the family can be made at any Fremont Bank branch or by mail to Fremont Bank, Attn: Andrew Silva Memorial Account, P.O. Box 8170, Fremont, 94537-8170. Checks should be made payable to “Andrew Silva Memorial.”


Newark: NewPark owners to revitalize mall with city boost

It’s a Newark kind of week, I guess. In this one, the city is trying to entice NewPark Mall’s owners to spend some money to revitalize it. Will it be worth it?

NEWARK — City leaders tired of seeing stores leave outdated NewPark Mall for shiny, new Pacific Commons in Fremont are fighting back to restore the shopping hub’s luster and regain lost tax revenue, in part by appealing to a taste for films and finer food.

Newark’s first salvo in the shopping center arms race lies in a deal it has struck with Rouse Properties, NewPark’s owner: In return for improvements, the city will for 18 years give Rouse 80 percent of the mall’s annual sales tax revenue above the existing base.

Rouse has agreed to spend at least $40 million on mall upgrades, building upscale restaurants and fancier shopping and entertainment options, and replacing the closed Cinedome theater with at least a 10-screen multiplex.

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