New hotel, residential units to be scrutinized
by ANTHONY GENTILE
Published - 08/25/10 - 03:17 PM | 4027 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Proposed changes to the NTC Precise Plan will be put under the microscope at the September Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCPB) meeting. At an Aug. 19 meeting, PCPB members voted to create an NTC Precise Plan subcommittee, which will discuss the proposed changes next month.

The meeting and formation of a new committee comes in response to a presentation by Corky McMillin Cos. at the July 15 PCPB meeting that includes turning two existing buildings within Liberty Station into a 350-room hotel and 30 residential units.

Two days before the August PCPB meeting, the board’s Community Plan Subcommittee held a special meeting to review proposed amendments to the NTC Precise Plan. Co-chairs and PCPB members Nancy Graham and Chris Veum hosted the well-attended public meeting and collected questions and concerns from locals in attendance.

Graham and Veum were voted co-chairs of the NTC-specific subcommittee and plan to present a summary of all the information collected during the next PCPB meeting. At the meeting, the proposed changes were met with opposition from both the board and the public, to the extent that a further look was deemed necessary.

BOARD APPROVES REVAMPED BYLAWS

In other matters, PCPB members approved a revised version of its bylaws with a 10-1 vote. Among the most significant changes were those involving elections — changing general elections to a plurality system and having vacancies filled by the board itself. There were also changes to language within the bylaws.

The revised version of the bylaws was finalized three days before the Aug. 19 meeting at a special subcommittee meeting and were put online at www.pcpb.net. Copies were made available at the meeting and the public had the chance to provide input into the decision before it was made.

At its July 15 meeting, the PCPB voted 6-5 to move the decision until this month. The City Attorney’s Office and City Council must approve the revised bylaws before the board can implement them.

COSTCO/LOWE’S CONSIDER MIDWAY POSTAL FACILITY

PCPB member Donna Kaup reported during the committee reports portion of the meeting that Costco-Lowe’s has presented a proposal to purchase the 436,000-square-foot Midway Processing and Distribution Facility.

The pitch was made at the July 21 North Bay Community Planning Group meeting.

The proposal could put Costco and Lowe’s Home Improvement stores at the Midway site, which the U.S. Postal Service is hoping to dispose of because of overall asset consolidation and facilities/services downsizing prompted by falling revenues.

The Costco-Lowe’s proposal is competing with a second proposal for a 2,000-person self-contained homeless community facility pitched by local nonprofit Amikas. Costco/Lowes and Amikas are the only potential buyers identified thus far for reuse of the postal facility.

A spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service said postal officials are considering multiple proposals to purchase the facility.
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