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THE DEVELOPMENT DIGEST
AUGUST 2018
 
Welcome to The Development Digest, a monthly guide delivering the latest news from Fremont's Community Development Department.
TWO YEARS IN...WHAT DO YOU THINK?

In August 2016, we launched this newsletter as a way to keep our community informed. We hope it has been a helpful resource for our readers these past two years, and we'd love to hear what you think. What do you like about this newsletter? What type of content do you want to see in the future?

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NEW PERMIT CENTER MANAGER & BUSINESS ALLY

Meet Mike Wayne, the City's new Permit Center Manager and Business Ally. Mike is ready to manage Permit Center operations and assist Fremont business owners with permits and project reviews. Mike joins us from the City of Newark where he held the position of Assistant Building Official. He has many years of experience working in Planning and Building departments for the cities of Cupertino, Redwood City, San Leandro, and San Mateo. Mike is looking forward to working with our residents, businesses, and building community. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Mike by email.


CLOVERLEAF BOWL UPDATE

The City received a preliminary application for development of the 8.16-acre site at the corner of Fremont Boulevard and Grimmer Boulevard. This site is currently occupied by a commercial center that includes Cloverleaf Family Bowl. Based on plans submitted with the preliminary application, the proposed mixed-use project would include 8,216 square feet of commercial space and 272 residential units, comprised of 132 condos and 140 apartments. Planning staff has conducted an initial review of the preliminary application and provided comments to the applicant regarding the proposal. Staff has also shared community comments received with the applicant. In addition, the City Council has directed staff to conduct an evaluation to determine if the Cloverleaf Bowl is eligible for the Fremont Register of Historic Resources. The evaluation is currently underway and will be presented to the Fremont City Council when it is complete. If you have any questions, please contact Aki Snelling, Associate Planner, by email.


NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS 

Two new affordable housing projects in Fremont are moving towards completion, and we're excited to see the progress!

Pauline Weaver Place, formerly known as Mission Court, is a senior affordable housing project built in partnership with Eden Housing. This project is located in Fremont's Warm Springs area and will include 90 units for seniors who earn between 30% and 50% of the Area Median Income. The project is estimated to be completed soon, and leasing activities will begin in September/October 2018. If you are interested in applying, please sign up for the City's Senior Affordable Housing Interest List.

Construction for Stevenson Terrace Apartments, an affordable housing project built in partnership with MidPen Housing, is underway (view photos). This project is located on a 2.3-acre site at Stevenson Boulevard and Stevenson Place and will include 80 affordable housing units for families who earn between 30% and 60% of the Area Median Income. The project is estimated to be complete next summer. If you are interested in receiving application information when these units become available, please sign up for the City's Affordable Housing Interest List.

If you have questions, please contact the City's Housing Division at 510-494-4500 or by email.


SUNSHARES DISCOUNT PROGRAM

We're excited to announce that SunShares is back again this year! If you’ve ever thought about installing solar or buying an electric vehicle, SunShares makes it easier and more affordable. SunShares is a renewable energy program offering Bay Area residents the following:

  • 15% discount off solar installations with PetersenDean, SkyTech Solar, and Solar Technologies
  • Discounted pricing for the 2018 all electric Nissan Leaf and the 2018 hydrogen fuel-cell Toyota Mirai
  • Workshops and webinars that help residents understand solar, electric vehicles, financing options, renter options, and more

Plus, you can still take advantage of the 30% federal solar tax credit.

To sign up or find out more information, visit BayAreaSunShares.org. Deadline to register is November 15, 2018.


TOWN FAIR PLAZA OPENS IN DOWNTOWN FREMONT

Town Fair Plaza, Fremont’s latest placemaking project in Downtown Fremont, opened on July 31, 2018 at the corner of State Street and Capitol Avenue. Town Fair Plaza is a temporary plaza designed as an interim use for the site of the future Downtown community center and plaza, 39100 State Street. Placemaking curators Public Space Authority (PSA) will operate the Plaza throughout the next year, piloting concepts that can later be integrated into the permanent plaza and community center. 

Town Fair Plaza is open Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a variety of daily and weekly programming including food trucks, outdoor games, public art, music, a beer garden, maker space, and regularly scheduled community events. Summer events include Fremont Street Eats, Downtown Date Night, Fremont Live, and more! PSA will continue soliciting public input over the next year to continue modifying the Plaza to incorporate as many concepts as possible.

To learn about upcoming events and share your thoughts, visit Fremont.gov/TempPlaza.

                     
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