Planning Commission Updates

The Washington Hospital Parking Garage:

Several months ago, Planning Commission was presented with a nondescript concrete parking garage design by Washington Hospital - a multistory structure that will be a gateway landmark coming off the Fremont BART Station at the edge of our new Downtown. As a Planning Commissioner, I said that we can do better and with the support I obtained from my fellow Planning Commissioners, we instructed staff and Washington Hospital to go back to the drawing board.  I am happy to report last night at our Planning Commission meeting we learned that Washington Hospital followed our directive and worked cooperatively with City staff in coming up with a much improved design with softer elements for the elevation facing the BART Station.  I have enclosed a PDF of the “before” (the original design) and “after” (the design as revised).

Reducing School Overcrowding in Fremont:

Last night I made a motion that was carried unanimously by the Planning Commission to reduce school overcrowding in Fremont Unified.  Fremont Unified is acquiring three parcels totaling nearly 33 acres between Fremont Boulevard and Paseo Padre for a future school site.  I was happy to support Fremont Unified’s acquisition and find that it conforms with our General Plan where, as stated in the staff report “Public education is a top priority in Fremont.”!  With my wife as a Fremont Unified school principal, education is a top priority for me too!

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