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Help Save Connolly Shopping Center

A developer is proposing to convert the commercial center into a residential development, according to community group Shape Our Fremont.

***Update: the hearing date has been postponed to Jan. 14, 2014

Submitted by Shape Our Fremont:

Do you want to save the Connolly Center with Bob's Giant Burgers, Kelly Moore Paints and others from being demolished and replaced by 92 residences?

Attend the Jan. 14 City Council meeting to express your concerns.

The Connolly Center (Fremont Blvd.) and the Chapel Business Center (Chapel Way) are currently designated as Commercial and the developer wants to change that to Residential. The Warmington developer wants to build 44 townhomes, 10 work/live units and 38 condominiums on the combined properties of these two centers.

The Connolly Center

  • Bob's Giant Burgers - 52 years strong
  • Kelly Moore Paints
  • Conklin Brothers Flooring Coverings
  • Fitness 19
  • Connolly's Furniture
  • Connolly Real Estate

Chapel Business Center

  • American Cancer Society's Discovery Shop
  • State Farm Insurance
  • Domino's Pizza
  • Whitmore Realty
  • Fountain Financial Services

It is claimed that these two Irvington business centers are no longer commercially viable and should be "pruned" to help the remaining centers thrive and to provide medium density housing to meet the City's State housing quota.

Go to the meeting and speak  - even if all you say is "I do not want to lose these stores!"

7:00 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 14th at the City Council Chambers, City Hall, Building A, 3300 Capitol Ave. 

Or email City Staff Project Planner Joel Pullen at jpullen@fremont.gov

Emile Bilodeau December 06, 2013 at 12:37 AM
What do the folks whose businesses are being "pruned" have to say? can we get their story and voices? sure seems like it puts a few very busy and seemingly viable folks out of work or at the least out of the area the bulk of their customers know them to be. Funny I remember when the talking points were Fremont was at 3% of build out back in 199?…… (when attacking school buildings and such.) Now "pruning" of businesses… gotta love it.
Timothy Swenson December 06, 2013 at 12:11 PM
We lost Tri-City Sporting Goods to housing. We lost the Glenmore Shopping Center to housing. The Fry's grocery on Washington Blvd became housing. Is it the retailers saying that they can't survive in these commercial developments, or is it the owners that want to cash out?
Shape Our Fremont December 07, 2013 at 02:47 PM
FIND OUT WHAT THOSE BUSINESS FOLKS HAVE TO SAY ===================================== The Connolly Center residential development will be the topic of the Irvington Business Association's next General Meeting on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 @ 5:30 PM at Casa Robles Mexican Restaurant, 3839 Washington Blvd, Fremont (across from Irvington Safeway.) A representative of Warmington Residential California will attend. All are welcome! http://www.irvingtonbusiness.com/
Shape Our Fremont January 14, 2014 at 11:54 AM
REMINDER: City Council Hearing is tonight - Tuesday Jan. 14th at 7pm. See Argus article at http://www.insidebayarea.com/news/ci_24887726/fremonts-connolly-chapel-shopping-centers-may-give-way

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