Friday, May 21, 2010

"We have to be in an existing downtown."



If you're Fremont, the good news is that a new Toyota/Tesla joint venture, to build electric cars at the recently shuttered NUMMI plant, just fell in your lap. That's a potentially huge boost for your city, especially at a time when companies aren't exactly clamoring to create manufacturing jobs. And that can only boost your MLB ballpark plans because even Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said he has no objections "as long as it doesn’t impact production of vehicles.” That's great news, Fremont.

Except...

Today, A's owner Lew Wolfe told The Contra Costa Times' Matt Artz that Fremont was a no-go:

“The entire activity in Fremont was based on the ability to sell residential entitlements ... I think we missed our opportunity ... We have to be in an existing downtown.”

As The Oakland Tribune points out, Fremont Mayor Bob Wasserman already appears to be reimagining his NUMMI vision, this time with the "surrounding land having fewer shopping outlets and more manufacturing plants."

So, sorry Fremont; you win some and you lose some.

You're up to bat, San Jose!

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