San Leandro

Business is Booming for BART

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 08/19/2008 - 10:00pm

here’s a lot of gloomy talk about the economy but business has never been better for BART.

More people than ever are commuting on Bay Area Rapid Transit, said Bob Franklin, a member of the BART board of directors. But the increase in passengers – up to 380,000 riders a day – is presenting other problems for BART.

“Daily ridership is up now,” Franklin said. “People in some areas are fighting for a BART station, but here in San Leandro, you have two stations.”

San Leandro development proposal draws mixed reaction

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 08/07/2008 - 10:00pm

SAN LEANDRO — In its inaugural meeting with the public, the developer for the city's first transit-oriented development project was met with cheers and jeers as it laid out the proposed plans and tried to gain feedback from residents.

Many of the objectors were residents of the Pacific Plaza condominium complex near the BART station. They said they vehemently opposed the development proposal because they feared it would attract an influx of low-income residents and drag down property values.

Meeting Tonight on TOD Project

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 08/05/2008 - 10:00pm
 A public meeting will be held at 6:30 tonight (Thursday) at the San Leandro Main Library to discuss San Leandro Crossings, the first project of the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) area around the BART station.

The project developers – Westlake Development Partners, Bridge Housing Corp., and Build LLC – will introduce themselves, explain the project, and listen to ideas.

The project includes two sites:

Site 1: The current BART parking lot at the corner of West Juana Avenue and San Leandro Boulevard where 200 market rate residential units are planned; and

Site 2: The west side of the BART station where 100 affordable residential units and a mix of one- and three-bedroom units will be built.

Westlake Development Partners, LLC Awarded Major Grant From the California Department of Housing and Community Development

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 07/28/2008 - 10:00pm
San Mateo Firm Receives $24.7 Million to Create Housing and Mixed-Use Properties Along San Leandro’s Downtown Transit-Rich Corridor

Survey Says That Some Landlords Discriminate

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 07/15/2008 - 10:00pm

 The Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity (ECHO) recently revealed the results of their annual fair housing audit, and over one-quarter of properties tested in San Leandro showed a racial bias.

ECHO tests landlords and real estate agents around the Bay Area to determine if they treat renters differently because of gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, and several other factors.

San Leandro may redefine community input on redevelopment projects

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 07/13/2008 - 10:15pm

SAN LEANDRO — A committed group of residents and property and business owners have helped set the policies and priorities for a number of the city's redevelopment projects over the years — by serving as members of advisory committees.

But lately, now that many projects have been completed, some are beginning to wonder: What role do the redevelopment advisory committees play for both the Joint and West San Leandro-MacArthur Boulevard project areas?


Ballot measure strategy still undecided in San Leandro

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 07/08/2008 - 10:00pm

SAN LEANDRO — There is little doubt that come this November, residents here will most likely be voting on a ballot measure. The only question that remains is: Which one?

The City Council, facing a $9 million budget deficit this fiscal year and, like many other cities, further economic uncertainty in the coming years, is considering three potential measures to shield the city from declining revenues: an extension of the utility users tax, a 9-1-1 fee ordinance and a public safety parcel tax.


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