At the monthly San Leandro Chamber of Commerce luncheon, City Manager John Jermanis stated that San Leandro will be getting a second Wal-Mart store. The owners of the property at 15555 Hesperian Blvd, which was recently vacated by Target, have leased the site to Wal-Mart and building permits are expected soon. Since the property is currently zoned for "big-box retail," Wal-Mart doesn't need any approvals by the Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA), the Planning Commission, or the City Council. In-N-Out Burger received a conditional use permit in March 2006 for a drive-up facility at 15559 Hesperian Blvd, at the corner of Lewelling and Hesperian and will be opening in the near future.
The City Council has decided it wants a conference center, another hotel, and more restaurants at the Marina. Restaurants have expressed interest previously, but only if there is an existing restaurant shell - the restaurants didn't want to pay for the construction of a new building. Now the City will be reconsidering its refusal to construct a building shell.
A living wage ordinance will come before the City Council at its July 16, 2007, meeting. Mayor Santos has been a longtime advocate of a living wage ordinance and the issue has received greater attention since he began his term as Mayor.
The City now owns the property on which a Senior Center will be built. Construction is expected to begin this year on a parking lot that will be used jointly with San Leandro Hospital and on construction of a traffic light at the intersection of E. 14th Street and 138th Avenue.
Jermanis noted that the City Council recently extended his contract for another year. Jermanis has been City Manager for 10 years and has been on the City staff for 36 years.Posted by Mike Katz-Lacabe at July 13, 2007 2:58 PM | TrackBack