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Mayor Wants More Upscale Housing

At the last city council meeting of the year, Mayor Stephen Cassidy requested that San Leandro focuses on more upscale housing than lower-income housing projects — which has been the focus in the past. 

San Leandro is currently in the process of attracting high-tech businesses to the city. According to Cassidy, in order to successfully lure those types of businesses, the city needs suitable homes so the employees can live in the same town as they work.

“I believe there is a nexus with having jobs and business owners live in the city,” Cassidy said. “Having a balanced and prosperous San Leandro is a goal we all share.”

The new development at the Marina shoreline can be an area where more upscale housing can be built, suggested City Manager Chris Zapata.

According to the San Leandro Times — David Erlich is skeptical about the city’s involvement with both low-income and expensive housing.

“It’s transitioning San Leandro into a place I didn’t want to move to,” said Erlich.

What do you think about Mayor Cassidy’s request to have more upscale housing? Let us know in the comment section below.

Suzanne Pershing January 16, 2014 at 02:47 PM
I believe the mayor is right here. For the first time in a long time I see a chance for San Leandro to make some real progress. I am proud of my city now, but it could be so much better. We have enough low income housing. New, better homes, will attract a better quality of life in San Leandro, including jobs. Let's get behind the mayor on this one!
Ken Briggs January 17, 2014 at 12:52 PM
the mayor needs to find away to get and keep jobs here in town first . then as for the marina he should buy one of those fancy new homes and look out at the mud flats that he wants . who wants to look at the mud flats . fix it so that boats can come in sand out or get rid of all the boats and the docks .
Annalynn Castillo January 17, 2014 at 03:24 PM
I have to ask, what is the mayor's real goal? Is it his goal to build more expensive housing or to attract technology companies? Those two things don't necessarily go hand-in-hand. I love that in San Leandro's 25 mile radius, we can be in Silicon Valley and San Francisco where most of the technology companies currently reside. If it is our goal to attract such companies, we should ask what these locations have to offer. The answer is not upscale housing. It would be great if San Leandro was more of a walking city. We have plenty of strip malls, but we need businesses in said strip malls that Gen X and Y, and Millenials find attractive because that's how we will attract "technology" and start ups to San Leandro. I think the "expensive housing" will follow, similar to the gentrification of the Mission and West Oakland. People who moved there didn't think, "Hey, I want expensive housing!" They probably considered location and what the are had to offer...
Jane January 17, 2014 at 03:48 PM
Extremely well put.

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