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June 18, 2013 > Status of Centerville Unified Site

Status of Centerville Unified Site

Submitted By Cheryl Golden

On Feb. 1, 2012, the City's Redevelopment Agency was terminated by the State of California. The City, acting as the Successor Agency to the former Redevelopment Agency, is required to dispose of all assets including the Centerville Unified Site (vacant area on Fremont Boulevard between Thornton Avenue and Post Street) under the new terms of State Law. The City has taken all steps possible to resolve this matter with the ultimate goal of having the Centerville Unified Site developed as a Mixed Use Project tentatively called Artist Walk.

The Successor Agency has selected a development team comprised of Blake Hunt Ventures and CenterStreet Development and entered into an Exclusive Right to Negotiate Agreement for purchase and development of a new mixed use project.

The Successor Agency has obtained regulatory approval to remediate chlorinated solvents in the form of soil vapors from past dry-cleaning operations on the site that leaked through old sanitary sewer pipes. The first phase of this remediation should begin this summer. This is a pre-requisite to any development on the site. The Successor Agency is awaiting State approval of a required Long-Range Property Management Plan. Once approved, this Plan would allow the Successor Agency to complete the negotiations with the development team and allow the developer to proceed with public hearings on project design.

The project could be under construction in late 2014 or early 2015. For more information about the Successor Agency, please visit: www.Fremont.gov/SuccessorAgency.

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