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Resolution on Ohlone land set for board vote

By Todd R. Brown, Staff writer.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007—Reprinted from Inside Bay Area.

Fremont—The fate of Ohlone College's frontage property edges closer tonight, when the board of trustees is scheduled to vote on whether to accept bids to develop the land.

About 19 acres along Mission Boulevard are up for lease, with ideas for their use ranging from a bookstore and a coffee shop for students to on-campus housing, a potential first for the commuter college.

At previous meetings, the board discussed leasing the land for 50 to 60 years, although some members were skeptical whether a developer could turn a profit on the investment in that span.

The resolution on tonight's agenda describes a desire for an upscale grocery store, a vibrant "Village Center," a new entryway for the campus, and housing that would blend with the style of the Mission San Jose district.

If the plan moves forward, bids would be due Oct. 10 before the board meeting that night. Five of the seven trustees must vote yes to pass the resolution; board member John Weed plans to excuse himself because he owns commercial property near the college.

The resolution is viewable online through links under Item 21 at http://www.ohlone.edu/org/board/2007/20070710packetindex.html.

Staff writer Todd R. Brown covers Newark, Ohlone College and ethnic communities. Reach him at (510) 353-7004 or tbrown@angnewspapers.com.

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