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November 7, 2017 > Fremont Development Digest

Fremont Development Digest

Submitted By City of Fremont

Irvington BART community survey
The future Irvington BART Station will be located in the Irvington District at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Osgood Road, approximately halfway between the existing Fremont BART Station and the Warm Springs/South Fremont BART Station. The Irvington BART Station was first studied as part of the Warm Springs extension in 1979 and was first approved by the BART Board in 1992. Most recently, the Irvington Station was planned to be constructed as part of the Warm Springs BART Extension. However, insufficient funding for the station delayed its development until Alameda County voters passed Measure BB in 2014, which specifically included funding for the station.

As the City begins planning for the future Irvington BART Station, together with BART, we want to involve our community. The City invites you to please take our community survey. Questions include ÒWhat benefits are most important to you?Ó and ÒWhat issues are you most concerned about?Ó City and BART staff will review the feedback received and use it to help plan the new station. The community survey is anticipated to stay open into January 2018.

If you would like to provide general feedback on the planning of the new Irvington BART Station, you can visit Fremont Open City Hall, the CityÕs online forum, and answer our latest question: How can the Irvington BART Station best serve you and the community?

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the project before filling out the survey by visiting our project webpage (https://fremont.gov/2977/Irvington-BART-Station). You can view a video, maps, answers to frequently asked questions, and project materials. This webpage will be updated continuously to provide you with the latest information as the project progresses.

The City is looking forward to working with our community partners, businesses, and residents to plan the new station.


Mission Court groundbreaking
Last month, the City of Fremont celebrated another milestone for senior affordable housing with the groundbreaking of the Mission Court housing complex. This new affordable housing project, built in partnership with Eden Housing, includes 90 units for low income seniors age 62 or older who earn between 30% and 50% of the Area Median Income.

To see if you or a family member qualifies for the new Mission Court units, visit the Area Median Income webpage. To receive information when the units become available, sign up for the CityÕs Senior Affordable Housing Interest List. Mission Court is estimated to be completed in early 2019.


More EV chargers in downtown Fremont
Did you know that FremontÕs 94539 zip code is home to more electric vehicle (EV) drivers than any other zip code in California? The City of Fremont is proud to be home to so many EVs and is excited to announce the installation of more dual-port charging stations in our city!

Nine charging stations along Capitol Avenue between Paseo Padre Parkway and State Street are now operational. The chargers are open to the public and charge a fee of $1.50/hour. These nine stations add to the existing six chargers on Capitol Avenue between State Street and Fremont Boulevard to supply a total of 30 EV parking spaces in Downtown Fremont.

The City remains committed to providing more opportunities for residents to charge their vehicles throughout Fremont and has additionally increased requirements for EV charging stations in new developments to further encourage the transition to EVs and decrease the communityÕs greenhouse gas emissions.


Development Services Center November closures
The City of Fremont Development Services Center, which includes the Permit Center, will be closed for the Veterans Day and Thanksgiving holidays. The closure dates are Friday, November 10; Thursday, November 23; and Friday, November 24. Please keep these dates in mind when planning your visit or requesting inspections.

The Development Services Center, located at 39550 Liberty Street, is a one-stop shop for accepting, reviewing, and approving applications and construction documents for all types of projects. Zoning, Planning, Engineering, Landscape, and Building and Safety staff members can assist you and answer your questions.


SunShares solar discount program
For the third year in a row, the City of Fremont is offering discounts on solar installations and zero emission vehicles through the Bay Area SunShares program. November 30 is the deadline to register, so sign up today! ItÕs a great time to go solar, and hereÕs why:

¥ Lowest prices on solar the industry has ever seen. The price/watt of solar has decreased over 60% since 2008. However, these low prices may not last forever. There is a pending trade case that may require new tariffs on solar panels and may significantly increase the cost of going solar.
¥ 15% SunShares discount. The SunShares program has negotiated an extra 15% to 18% discount on solar installations. You simply need to sign up before November 30 to access the special discount. The prices on the website reflect the SunShares discount and are for a full, turn-key installation (design, permitting, materials, installation, warranties and maintenance).
30% Federal tax credit. The residential renewable energy tax credit is scheduled to step down starting in 2019. Take advantage before itÕs gone. To see if you would qualify for this credit, speak with your tax adviser.
¥ SunShares pre-vetted, local solar companies (PetersenDean, SkyTech Solar, and Solar Technologies) offer a full turn-key installation and provide top of the line, high quality panels and inverters.
Sign up at BayAreaSunShares.org before November 30 to receive a no-cost, no-obligation solar proposal. Friends and family in the Bay Area also qualify for the program, so please help spread the word!


Hot topics for homeowners - Home safety
Now more than ever, itÕs important to make sure you have adequately functioning smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Why put your family at risk? Install one today. Check out our handout for installation information.

If you already have functioning detectors in your home, take advantage of daylight saving time this Sunday by changing the batteries when you change your clocks!

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