Welcome to The Development Digest, a monthly guide delivering the latest news from Fremont's Community Development Department.


In June 2018, the Fremont City Council directed City staff to study the Mission San Jose Town Center to determine the potential for commercial success in the areawith special emphasis on retail, restaurants, entertainment options, and mixed use developments that include housing—and to develop strategies to support it accordingly. The Mission San Jose Town Center is a commercial district near Washington Boulevard and Mission Boulevard, anchored by the historic Mission San Jose church and museum. See a map of the area.

City staff recently hired a consultant team with expertise in retail market analysis and urban planning to assist in completing the study and to make recommendations on strategies that can positively impact the Mission San Jose Town Center. The consultant team has also been tasked with analyzing the Ohlone Village Shopping Center. City staff and the consultant team will be holding a community meeting on October 18, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Olive Hyde Program Center located at 123 Washington Boulevard to share information with the community and collect input to inform the study.

Once the study has been completed, the results will be presented at a future City Council meeting. If you would like to receive updates on this study, please sign up for our Mission San Jose Study Notify Me Email List.

For more information, please contact Wayne Morris, Interim Deputy Director of Community Development, at 510-494-4729 or by email, or Wayland Li, Senior Planner, at 510-494-4453 or by email.


Fremont’s Centerville area is coming to life as new businesses begin to open in the Artist Walk development along Fremont Boulevard between Thornton Avenue and Central Avenue. The following businesses are now open!

Orange Theory Fitness
37140 Fremont Blvd.
Franchise fitness studio

Jin Li Yuan Hot Pot
37140 Fremont Blvd. Suite A
Sichuan hot pot restaurant

37120 Fremont Blvd. Unit I
Franchise bubble tea spot

Bun Appétit
37120 Fremont Blvd. Suite A
Bakery serving donuts and pastries made from scratch


The Town Fair Plaza in Downtown Fremont is quickly becoming a popular venue for fun and unique community events for the whole family. Check out their fall lineup of events that includes Thursday Throwdown Wrestling, 80's Bingo Tuesdays, and Fremont Oktoberfest. During events, the Plaza offers food trucks, local craft beers from the beer market, and family games. Come down and experience it for yourself!


See a stray shopping cart? You can report it! Most large retailers in Fremont subscribe to a private retrieval service to periodically pick up their carts, but these services also accept calls from the public. To report a stray cart, visit our Shopping Cart List for a list of retailers and phone numbers. The City remains committed to partnering with retailers and the community to reduce the number of abandoned carts throughout Fremont.

If you’re an EV driver, we have some info to share. The City has adjusted the fee for our public EV charging stations at City facilities and along Capitol Ave. in Downtown. The Fremont City Council approved to adjust the fee for these stations from an hourly rate of $1.50 to a $0.35 per kilowatt-hour rate. The adjustment creates a more equitable fee structure as it allows drivers to charge their vehicles at a consistent price for the amount of power dispensed, regardless of the speed at which their vehicles are able to charge. The new $0.35 per kilowatt-hour rate is now in effect for the 15 charging stations along Capitol Ave. between Paseo Padre Pkwy. and Fremont Blvd. and the stations at the Central Park Boathouse and the City’s Development Services Center. More information.
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