Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Trouble in Fremont

If A's owner Lew Wolff thought he'd waltz into Fremont like he already owned the place he is sorely mistaken:

The Oakland A's previewed their vision for a new ballpark village development in Fremont to decidedly mixed reviews Tuesday night, prompting team owner Lew Wolff to promise changes will be made before he submits a development application.

"We hear you loud and clear," Wolff said. "It's not done yet."

He was responding to the comments of Councilwoman Anu Natarajan, who declared her disappointment with the densities, walkability and lack of concern for environmental principles in the residential portion of the proposed 174-acre village . . .

"What I see is not something I'm happy with," said Natarajan, who along with her four colleagues on the council ultimately will decide whether the A's move to Fremont.

The Fremont City council is citing environmental and density concerns, but based on the list of deed restrictions sought by Wolff and his development partners -- they're seeking to ban from the development Goodwill stores, laundromats, card clubs, veterinary hospitals, funeral homes, porn shops, gas stations, massage and tattoo parlors, churches and beauty schools -- he's probably going to face opposition from devoutly religious tattooed porn connoisseurs with sick pets as well.

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