Following Fremont City Council’s approval last week of the Warm Springs/South Fremont Community Plan and its environmental impact report, the city is now moving to kick-start an 850-acre planned development—dubbed “Innovation District”—surrounding the new, under-construction Warm Springs/South Fremont BART station.
The district, bounded by Interstates 880 and 680, Auto Mall Parkway and Mission Boulevard, currently houses a number of industrial and manufacturing companies, including Thermo Fisher, Boston Scientific, Delta Products, Western Digital and Tesla Motors Inc., which took over a 212-acre plant following the closure of New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI) in 2010. That closure resulted in a $330,000 federal Economic Development Administration grant to the city that boosted the new district planning efforts as well as helped to find ways to reuse the plant and make up for the loss of at least 4,000 jobs. Architectural and design firm Perkins + Will was contracted to develop the community plan.
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