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Thornton Townhouse Project Approved

The developer says the cost of each of the homes would range between $400,000-$500,000, according to media reports.

A proposal to build multiple townhomes off Thornton Avenue was approved Thursday night.

The Fremont Argus reports that the city council’s vote to is Newark’s first housing building for more than a decade.

Proposed is the construction of three-story buildings, that all include three-bedroom homes, on 0.66 acres of land located on the 6200 block of Thornton Avenue. The lot – which lies nearly 600 feet west from Newark Boulevard – is currently vacant.

More from The Fremont Argus’ report:

Khurram Iqbal of Eden Homes LLC, the project's San Jose-developer, hopes the units -- with individual sizes ranging from 1,550 to 2150 square feet -- each will be sold for a price between $400,000 and $500,000.

Once the city issues a building permit, the project likely will break ground next spring and, barring unforeseen circumstances, construction would be completed by summer 2014, said Michael Ma, the development's Cupertino-based architect.

Newark primarily has been a single-family residence area since it incorporated in 1955, but new developments of high-density housing would be an exciting change, said Terrence Grindall, the city's community development director.

The complex approved Thursday might be just the beginning, as another project — the — calls for 500 new high-density homes to be built on the western edge of town.

Read the full Argus article here.

What do you think of city council’s vote to build new townhouses? Do you think it indicates a turnaround of the housing market? Share your thoughts in our comments section below.

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Patricia July 30, 2012 at 04:46 PM
For the sake of current property owners in Newark I hope this is an indication of a market turnaround and it doesn't fizzle out and become a scrap of paper blowing down the street. This project is close to home for me, perhaps it will spark additional interest from investors of projects for Newark that will benefit everyone involved. We can only wait and see.
Mona Taplin July 30, 2012 at 10:20 PM
I think this is a step in the right direction. Several people have commented about this being another low income housing project. I would judge by the estimated costs it will be very much average priced homes. I still am hoping that there will be adequat parking on the premises for the owners/tenants so bumper to bumper parking on the street can be avoided. We see that on the street in front of nearly every, if not every, apartment type building in Newark. with quality built three story town houses and adequat parking, this should prove in the long run to be an asset to our city.
Margaret Lewis July 31, 2012 at 02:17 AM
What experience has Eden Homes had in building houses? Have they built other condos or townhouses or single family housing? If so, where? Homes costing between $400K to $500K are usually found in the Lake area and maybe one or two other enclaves in town. They are not townhouses. And they are certainly not average-priced houses. The Dumbarton TOD will not be transit oriented. So far the dream of 500 high-density houses is just that; a dream. No transit, no shopping and far removed from other services and shopping. This is the same area the city once promised a college, high-tech businesses and offices. You want exciting changes in Newark? Building high density housing doesn't do it. Instead, bring in businesses and services the residents already here need. Newark has no pet shops, no specialty grocery stores, just one drug store, no office supply store as examples. Off we go to Fremont or Union City for shopping.
Mona Taplin July 31, 2012 at 05:33 AM
I agree with you Margaret that we do have a need for a variety of stores in Newark, and that would be even more neccessary with increased population. I would hope that whatever problems are preventing new businesses from opening in the bankrupted shopping center on Stevenson can be worked out, and other businesses encouraged to open in the other proposed housing areas. We did have several drugstores in Newark, and both a pet and office supply store, as well as a big box store. What happened to them?
NewBomb Turk July 31, 2012 at 04:36 PM
The bussiness man doesn't have a chance when the property owned charges about 3 times what the property rental is worth. That's what is driving companies away. Had the owners not gotten greedy, or sold out when the economy was great, we may still have a pet store, skating rink, bowling alley, real steakhouse,Kmart, mervyns, and all the other nice stores we used to have. And where is the golf course I voted for, twice.
Nadja Adolf August 01, 2012 at 06:57 AM
One may purchase a single family house in any Newark neighborhood for the proposed price for these new townhouses. I cannot imagine anyone other than couples without children or singles being interested in these. Our city leaders really don't get it. The promotional video on the city website discusses Newark as being *affordable* - and then goes onto falsely state that the average price of a house in Newark is $600,000. The problem with this is that many houses here, in decent shape, sell for about half of that cost. Given that for that price one may purchase in the city of Fremont, a city with a good school system; anyone who sees the video will not consider Newark real estate. If Newark city government wishes to turn the city around, the first thing they need to do is to tell the truth to current and prospective residents and business owners. They need to drop the Soviet style central planning. The reality is that higher income people who are interested in such higher and middle income activities as the locavore movement can and will give Newark a chance if they see that housing is inexpensive enough that one may purchase a house AND send their children to a good private school for what it would cost to buy a house and send a child to public school in Fremont or San Jose. Keeping open space along the Bay is another first start on rehabilitating Newark.

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