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April 18, 2017 > Fremont News Briefs

Fremont News Briefs

Submitted By Cheryl Golden

Fremont is Asking Residents for Feedback on Limiting Single-Family Home Additions
The City of Fremont is launching a new topic on Fremont Open City Hall, the CityÕs online forum for citizen engagement. Fremont is asking for public input on single-family home additions and whether the City should consider new limitations on the size and design of these additions.

Community concerns have been expressed that additions to existing smaller homes, in particular two-story additions, are out of scale with existing neighborhoods and may impact the privacy and solar access for existing homes. The Fremont City Council has requested staff to evaluate further limitations on the size and design of single-family home additions.

To help develop options for City Council consideration, the City would like to know what Fremont residents think about this topic. Residents can visit to answer questions and provide feedback. The survey will remain open until Friday, May 26. To learn more about this topic, please visit or call 510-494-4527.

Book Launch and Discussion at Fremont City Hall
Join author Lee Hilling for the launching of his new book, ÔA Place of Miracles: The Story of a ChildrenÕs Hospital in Kabul and the People Whose Lives Have Been Changed by itÕ on Friday, April 21 at 6 p.m. at Fremont City Hall, Building A. The book recounts the author's experiences about the French Medical Institute for Children (FMIC), a pediatric hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, and its impact in this war-torn country.

The book launch and discussion will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. followed by a book signing and reception. The event is hosted by the Afghan Coalition, a nonprofit organization serving Afghan refugees in the Bay Area, the City of Fremont, and The Aga Khan Council for the Western United States. Fremont City Hall is located at 3300 Capitol Ave. To RSVP for the event, please visit Directions and parking information for City Hall is available at

FremontÕs Warm Springs Plans Proceed with Innovia Affordable Housing Project
Plans for the Fremont Warm Springs Innovation District, which is centered around the new Warm Springs/South Fremont BART station, continue to move forward. The first phase of construction has begun with Innovia, an affordable housing community that will include 290 low-income rental units and retail space. Innovia is expected to be completed by summer 2018.

To receive information when the units become available, sign up at

FremontÕs HIP Housing Program Offers Free Shared Housing Assistance
Have a room for rent? Looking for a place to share? HIP Housing, a local nonprofit home sharing program funded by the City of Fremont, has over 40 years of experience helping people who live, work, or attend school in Fremont find an affordable room to rent in Fremont, Union City, or Newark.

All clients, whether seeking or offering a home, are interviewed and required to complete background/reference checks before matches are made. Resources are also available to help ensure participants are compatible. Potential housemates interview each other, work on inventory checklists, and sign a Living Together Agreement. After matches are made successfully, follow-up support is then provided. This program is free to the public.

For more information, contact HIP HousingÕs Laura Moya at 510-574-2173.

Celebrate Our Planet at FremontÕs Earth Day Fair 2017
Join the City of Fremont on Saturday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to celebrate our beautiful planet Earth! This yearÕs Earth Day Fair will be held at the Washington West Building at 2500 Mowry Ave. Stop by with friends and family (and donÕt forget to ride your bike)! The event will feature childrenÕs arts and crafts, eco-entertainment, games, educational booths, and a bike rodeo.

Bike East Bay will be hosting the ChildrenÕs Bike Rodeo and providing kids with fun and interactive lessons on road awareness and safety skills. Bikes and helmets will be provided but feel free to bring your own. If you ride your bike to the event, free bike valet parking will be available and one of FremontÕs local bike shops will provide basic tune-ups.

There will also be collection stations for old eyeglasses, sharps (must be in approved sharps container), and unused or unwanted medications, as well as a free opportunity to exchange your hazardous mercury thermometer for a mercury-free thermometer.

While enjoying the activities, make sure to sign up for the Fremont Green Challenge to reduce your householdÕs carbon footprint. The online tool at offers resources to help you conserve energy and water, reduce waste, and protect the environment, all while saving money.

The Earth Day Fair is brought to you by the City of FremontÕs Environmental Services Division and Washington Hospital.

For more information, visit or call the Environmental Services Division at 510-494-4570.

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