By Jimmy W. Genn
Dear Economic Director,
I am told that Staff is talking/negotiating the potential Extension of our Contract with our Waterfront Master Developer (WMD). Please do not extend this Developer’s Contract. It is expiring in September 2015? From their recent development Proposals (actually, I have been told that with all their Proposals), they have proven that their designs have nothing to do with Vallejo’s inherent “look”. Basically I have seen very similar cheap designs (no covered parking, utilities/trash exposed, on and on) all over the East Bay, most not in waterfront locations. In my opinion they do just a “cut and paste” of boilerplate commercial/residential design, and slap it onto Vallejo’s Waterfront (colorful storyboards, only). Secondly as was part of their recent proposals, they themselves testified that their financial situation is not such that they can finance their Proposal. They basically will be “middle men”, for once they get their Approvals, they will package it all to Sell. Getting their cut and selling to an entity that we did not deal with, to implement the Development. We should have a WMD that has a real design staff, one that will investigate our local designs, our location and design from these. Plus a WMD that has deep financial pockets, who can back up, in immediate action, what we approve, and will be there and answerable throughout.
Yes, it has been many years since we chose this WMD; and yes, the Market has exploded. Now, today, lets us go with the best. What the Location was selling for in the past and now are, so different; it behooves us to rethink, re investigate what we can get for our Crown Jewel, our Waterfront. Believe in Vallejo, we have a beautiful, unique location. It has never been so valuable. This is our chance to make some Big Bucks, Big Economic Development. Grab for our “brass ring” for us.
Note: All opinions expressed in the “Primal Scream” column are those of the writer and not necessarily those of the Vallejo Independent Bulletin