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Week in Review: 'World's Fastest Bike' For Sale; What Can We Do With the Daughtrey Building?

The top stories in the Castro Valley this past week.

Here’s a brief look at the three most-read stories on Castro Valley Patch this week:

Serious cyclists gathered at Eden Bicycles in Castro Valley last week for the unveiling of what its makers are calling the "world's fastest bicycle" -- the Propel Advanced SL. This 14.2 pound machine, easily lifted in one hand, is designed and built by Giant, a Taiwanese firm that is one of the big three bicycle brands. Eden owners Chris and Erin Padavana held the reception to show off some of the first of these new bikes to go on sale in the United States. The new bicycles sell for about $6,000 to about $10,000.

TJ MAXX Coming To Castro Valley?

Castro Valley could soon be home to a TJ MAXX. On Monday the Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) recommended in favor of a developer's proposal to put a 25,000-square-foot store behind the Castro Village shopping center at Jamison Way and Redwood Road. TJ MAXX is known for selling brand name clothes at discount prices. According to the MAC agenda the developer will have to demolish three small residences and a manual car wash, located at 3543, 3577, 3579, and 3597 Jamison Way respectively, to clear space for the project. County planners, however, say they'll take a look at residents' concerns about traffic and other issues before moving forward.

Could Castro Valley Turn The Daughtrey Building Into A Market?

A new Facebook page aims to find and organize community members interested in buying the Daughtrey building on Castro Valley Boulevard and turning it into a community market. Daughtrey's opened as a department store in 1948 and closed more than 20 years ago. The 30,000 square foot eyesore was purchased by the Alameda County Redevelopment Agency in 2010 for $2.8 million. But the state has abolished redevelopment agencies and the future of the property is even more clouded now that the county lacks the tax-funding powers that had previously enabled such local agencies to get involved in property makeovers. In any event, some Castro Valley residents are thinking of ways to make use of it. What do you think?

Karen Pulos March 25, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Why not put TJ Maxx in Daughtery's Space, solves two problems!
x March 25, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Sure, I'd love to see TJ Maxx move in somewhere other than behind Peet's. Not the old Daughtery's building though, try San Lorenzo or Oakland.
Rene' B. March 25, 2013 at 08:27 PM
The street-scape project has not helped with parking. I think it is time that we seriously considered looking at a parking structure in the Castro Village area. If we could make a parking structure look presentable with artwork and pleasing architecture, then I think the old Daughtery's building area could become a two-story parking garage adding dozens of parking places. That would make it much easier for people to shop downtown and at the Village and also enjoy the eateries. As it is now, finding a parking place is difficult and it is discouraging people from going downtown and to the Village.
Bob Swanson March 26, 2013 at 12:03 AM
One of the projects that county redevelopment was able to save, when the state discontinued redevelopment, is the “Shared Parking Project”. The parking lot behind the Daughtry building, Knudsen Icecreamery and the Full Belly restaurant will be made into one large parking lot. I do not have a start date for the project at this time. Bob Swanson Supervisor Nate Miley’s Office
x March 26, 2013 at 12:25 AM
...and I'm sure Dave (Knudsen) is real happy about sharing his parking...
Bob Swanson March 26, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Yes, Dave is onboard with the project. Bob Swanson Supervisor Nate Miley’s Office

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