Polls: What Should Happen With The Old Daughtrey Building?

What should be done with the building and what business would you like to see go in the facility that has been closed for most of the past 20 years

The county's redevelopment agency continues to search for a tenant for the old Daughtrey Building.

A story on the Castro Valley Forum says county officials are considering tearing down the facility at 3295 Castro Valley Boulevard.

The former department store has sat vacant for most of the past two decades. The redevelopment agency purchased the property in April 2010 for $2.8 million.

We have two questions: What do you think should be done with the current building? Remodel or demolition?

Also, what type of business would you like to see on that property?

Vote in both polls and then tell us more about your selections in our comments section.

Carol Parker December 22, 2011 at 01:43 AM
I don't have an opinion as to what should be done with the building, but just the sight of it reminds me of many hours spent in its basement as a child with my mother looking at all of the pretty glassware and bric a brac they used to stock there. As a child it seemed an enormous store and we would actually drive there from Hayward to have a "high-end" shopping experience - this was even before Southland Mall existed and the best we had was a J.C. Penney on Foothill Boulevard, Mode-O-Day, Grants Department Store etc.. Ok, I'm dating myself .
Nancy Pascale December 22, 2011 at 07:59 PM
I enjoyed the memories Carol.......we have the same ones, when we moved here about 50 years ago!......but we weren`t little children by any means!
Norma Kvool December 22, 2011 at 08:12 PM
I've lived in Castro Valley 46 years and still miss Daughtery's. They carried a nice variety, very good quality and I shopped there frequently. It reminded me of the small town where I grew up in Wisconsin. I also shopped at the first Kohl's in Madison, Wi...I guess that dates me too. Would like to know who the "major" retailers are that want to locate in Castro Valley. I read the article in the Forum and 1/3 of 15k square feet is not a "major retailer" in my book. Sadly I have to agree it is probably time to rebuild on that sight, but hope the county would not just approve another eyesore like the ReMax building.
Angela Griffiths January 04, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Since most department stores are now attached to malls, I don't see that being a viable option. I would like to see the property renovated, regardless of whether it needs to be torn down or re-done. Would it be possible to solicit an upscale restaurant? What about other stand-alone retain establishments? I hate to see the space being wasted and would love to see it go towards the "improvement" of downtown Castro Valley.
Jasmine Clemmons January 04, 2012 at 08:38 PM
With the demise of the redevelopment agency, I hope that SOMETHING happens to it along with completion of the blvd. A department store would be lovely, but I believe it (and the parking) is too small. It's too big or too small for most stores.
B Pikul January 04, 2012 at 08:49 PM
We live in such a consumer driven society. Do we really need more places to buy stuff or stuff our bellies? Castro Valley is still a jewel of the Bay Area because it has small town community appeal. You can learn the names of your postal carrier and grocery clerk. You can walk or bike nearly anywhere you need to get to. What we could use is more places to spend time together as a family. I would love to see a family fit and fun center with a healthy eatery like Sweet Tomatoes or Fresh Choice. Remember the old Kid's Castle in Newark, or The Jungle Fun & Adventure in San Jose? How about a multilevel multi-generational exercise arcade with a section for youngsters, teens and parents, but with good for you food? We need more places for families in Castro Valley.
christine c January 04, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Due to good schools level, Castro Valley population is going toward a family oriented population. In this way, I agree with B Pikul and I would for a space dedicated to families. But please, work local, and no Chuck&Cheeses kind...
Nancy Pascale January 04, 2012 at 09:48 PM
A Family Place is a wonderful idea, sure hope someone can come up with a few options.
David Wilhite January 04, 2012 at 10:05 PM
The Daughtrey's building should be demolished. Retail Sales outlets, a quality restaurant along with a 4-5 story parking structure should be built so people can walk the Blvd. and other chain restaurants/ retail sales companies will feel comfortable expanding here because there is ample parking downtown.
Darrell S. Lavin January 05, 2012 at 05:31 AM
David Wilhite hit it on the head (Wilhite's have that knack!). I totally agree that shops, a few small, quality restaurants and a parking structure will serve the boulevard. It will create a flow of people that will, in turn create more demand and which will result in higher quality of the shops and restaurants that are there. Some sort of a meeting plaza would also be appropriate.
Nancy Pascale January 05, 2012 at 07:15 PM
We have enough meeting places at the new library, and by the way, what is happening to the old library?
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) January 05, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Nancy, I spoke with Bill Lambert of the Redevelopment Agency and as of now he said nothing. A librarian at the new CV library also confirmed that saying "it's in limbo." Perhaps we'll feature it in the weekend's "What Should Go Here" column. Thanks for asking, Nancy.
Nancy Doud January 13, 2012 at 07:28 PM
This is the perfect building (with some modifications) for a Half-Price-Books. Castro Valley, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Hayward are sorely lacking in book stores (iow. Where are any good ones?!) Half Price Books would be a major boon to CV Blvd. and indeed our whole area in general. I'm grateful that HPB has a placed on their websites for people to recommend locations -- talk about connecting to your customers! HPB would bring dignity back to this building and better still, a great place to buy affordable books in this otherwise book-store-less area.
Nancy Doud January 13, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Chuck E. Cheese would be the death knell for the Blvd. (((shudder)))
Nancy Doud January 13, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I meant to add a link to the page on HPB.com where you can inform them of great locations. http://www.hpb.com/feedback/ The dropdown menu includes options for Real Estate/ location suggestions. I hope others will see the benefit that this would be and join me in asking HPB to consider opening a store here!
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) January 13, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Thanks for the input, Nancy!
Nancy Pascale January 13, 2012 at 07:32 PM
We have a brand new library, why not use that?
Nancy Doud January 13, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Libraries are great. Some of us still like to own books.
Ken Martin January 13, 2012 at 08:50 PM
A major problem appatently is that the county seems to be not too friendly when it comes to new businesses moving into or being created in Castro Valley. Case in point: the diner at Yeandle and the Boulevard. My understanding is that it is stalled by lack of county permit approval. I have heard comments from other businessmen in the area that support this. It seems that, unless you have an Asian restaurant, it is somewhat difficult to locate in Castro Valley due to the attitide of the county officials. I have no concrete proof, just a lot of comments.


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