Category Archives: Land use/property

Redevelopment agency OKs Libeskind-designed Jewish Museum

Rebecca Rosen Lum                                                                            Jewish Bulletin of Northern California

Architectural plans for the new Jewish Museum San Francisco sailed through the city’s Redevelopment Agency this week.

The unanimous blessing provided a sharp contrast to the melee that occurred three years ago when the museum unveiled its previous plans.

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$50 million facility to replace JCC in San Francisco

Rebecca Rosen Lum                                                                            Jewish Bulletin of Northern California

Officers of the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco announced plans this week to raze a Moorish style, 66-year-old building at 3200 California St. and replace it with a modern, 130,000-square-foot glass and steel  facility.

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Richmond, Calif., faces second suit over bayfront site’s development

 
Rebecca Rosen Lum
Knight Ridder Tribune Business News [Washington]

Dec. 19–For the second time in a week, Richmond has been sued over its decision to sell undeveloped, bayfront Point Molate to a casino developer.

Lawyers for the East Bay Regional Parks District say the city flouted state law in selling Point Molate to Upstream Point Molate LLC without first conducting an environmental review. The suit also names Upstream’s partner, Harrah’s Operating Company, Inc.

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Raise limit on income, builder asks

Rebecca Rosen Lum
Knight Ridder Tribune Business News [Washington]

Mar. 7–Shapell Industries today will ask Contra Costa supervisors to allow people whose incomes top $100,000 to qualify for the 5,170-unit rental portion of its Dougherty Valley development.

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Cathedral near Lake Merritt could stimulate urban uplift

Rebecca Rosen Lum

McCatchy-Tribune Business News [Washington]

Nov. 26–OAKLAND Light is the pivotal feature of the 110-foot high Cathedral of Christ the Light sanctuary. As the lakefront cathedral complex has taken shape, it has also generated plenty of heat.

The cathedral itself has been compared to a nuclear reactor, a basket wrapped in glass, an architectural symphony and by Bishop Allen Vigneron as “A great soaring vault.”

Architectural merits aside, Oakland’s business community says it is also helping to generate something the district needs: economic development.

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With redevelopment future in doubt, supporters cheer lawsuit

Posted by Rebecca Rosen Lum, July 20, 2011 

A lawsuit filed with the state Supreme Court charges that lawmakers violated the state Constitution when they passed two laws aimed at eliminating redevelopment agencies.

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The Greening of Richmond

by Rebecca Rosen Lum
East Bay Express

Roses once grew in vibrant profusion in Richmond, the products of Japanese-American nurseries that thrived from the turn of the 20th century until World War II.

Later, the remaining greenhouse growers were put out of business by the soaring costs of diesel fuel, and by NAFTA, which rewarded their competitors in Latin America. Weeds and wildflowers now blanket the abandoned greenhouses, and shards of glass litter the ground. But Richmond, long known for its hardscrabble image, may bloom once again.

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Newest U.S. cathedral commands attention as it climbs skyward

Rebecca Rosen Lum
Contra Costa Times

Jun. 3–It happens throughout the day: Traffic slows near the corner of Grand Avenue and Harrison Street in Oakland as motorists glimpse Christ the Light Cathedral as it takes shape, climbing skyward. Cell phones and cameras emerge from car windows to snap photos.

For now, its warm blond bones lie bare. Soon, glass panels will cloak the massive ark-shaped sanctuary.

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