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March 3, 2010 > Letter to the editor: Masonic Homes Flatlands Project on hold

Letter to the editor: Masonic Homes Flatlands Project on hold

February 26, 2010

About a year ago, Masonic Homes of California welcomed the residents of Union City to join us in planning how to develop our Flatlands property along Mission Boulevard in a way that benefits the broader community while funding our charitable mission. We appreciate the input from community leaders and the public which shaped the Flatlands project.

The economy has not improved this past year which, combined with the cumulative costs of impact fees and other suggested accommodations, makes real estate development both challenging and highly speculative at this time. While we look forward to the market improving, we must balance optimism with caution. For this reason, we have chosen to put the project on hold.

There have been many people who have contributed greatly to the project. We want to acknowledge Mayor Green whose vision involved the City Council, the Planning Commission, City Staff and the community in exploring the opportunities of the site through a series of joint workshops. Each of them has contributed to the project discussion in a meaningful way.

Also important have been the groups and individuals who have taken the time to participate in a lively exchange of ideas. Likewise, local agencies that serve the area have provided helpful technical insight and direction.

To the residents of Union City, we extend our heartfelt thanks for your energy and insight. We look forward to working with you on other community projects that help to make Union City a wonderful place to call home.

John E. Howl
Vice President of Strategic Development
Masonic Homes of California

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