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Developer Working on New Plans for Mowry Crossing

There is still about one week left until the Mowry Crossing Shopping Center is completely demolished.

The City of Newark has already approved plans for property owners to rebuild , which is in the process of being .

Community Development Director Terrence Grindall said the city has approved for Sand Hill Properties to build more retail space at the plaza across from , but that they are expecting those plans to be modified.

"[Sand Hill is] actively marketing the center, and will build to suit whoever they sign a lease with," Grindall said.

Kevin Dare, managing director for Sand Hill Properties, said the remainder of the demolition, which began about 10 days ago, will take about another week.

"I think that the demolition is definitely a great start to really kick off this first project, the first leg to make this project stand on its feet again," Dare said. "We are taking action and moving forward, so it’s really an exciting thing."

The plans call for the renovated retail center to fit well into the community and maximize the quality of the area.

"We are still working on the initial site plan," Dare said. "Nothing is final. We are working with prospective tenants and have plans that we are working on right now."

No tenants have signed a lease yet, and Dare said they would not be able to release who any of the prospective tenants are until a lease is signed.

"We definitely want to make it a unique hub … to stimulate and foster and take advantage of the location and accessibility right off of [Interstate 880],” Dare said. "The goal is to make it a regional draw, something that is useful for other communities as well."

There is currently no timeframe available for when the new development will begin. The developers are still in the middle of the design process, which will take several months to plan out.

“We are very happy that they are doing the demolition and are encouraging them to find quality tenants,” Grindall said.

The shopping center remains home to and a . There are no plans to demolish the newer vacant building at Mowry Crossing that was housed Mervyn's.

Michael Warren January 18, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Would like to see a row of restaurants on this property. City needs them badly.....
Victor De La Cruz January 19, 2012 at 12:42 AM
At least ONE quality, no flip flops, no jeans, no t-shirt restaurant. Just one!
Mar January 19, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Can they turn the old mervyns into a 24hour fitness supersport? It's the perfect place! Or maybe a TJ Maxx home goods?
Penny January 19, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I'd love to see a Whole Foods go into Mervyn's. Newark is continuing to lose business to Pacific Commons Fremont...We need a big name draw!!!
Brian January 29, 2012 at 11:35 PM
They need to demolish the Motel 6 too! Hookers and methheads don't belong in Newark!!! Benihana would fit well in that location...maybe even a Cattleman's?
Lisa G. February 07, 2012 at 10:17 PM
They need more restaurants, such as Cheescake Factory, Famous Daves, Boca De Bepo. They should develope a courtyard area with seating and around this they should put additional restaurants. In the courtyard would be a fountain, small grassy areas and small benches lined along the courtyard.
Victor De La Cruz February 08, 2012 at 05:07 PM
yes, a European square like setting with outdoor seating, a grassy median, pedestrian friendly eating hot spot with AT LEAST ONE, (Like the person above said) No flip flop, no t-shirt, no shorts, no saggy pants establishment. THAT would be a significant draw. Newark is quickly descending into the likes of EPA and Richmond of old, sad.

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