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Council Rescinds Village Project Development Agreement

The repeal will allow the city to avoid calling a special election to put the agreement to a vote.

The Albany City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to rescind an ordinance approving the University Village Mixed Use Project Development Agreement.

The repeal allows the city to avoid calling a special election to put the agreement to a vote. It "will have no effect on the other City Council actions" connected to the project, according to a staff report.

U.C. representatives at the council meeting said the project to develop a grocery store and senior housing complex at University Village will move forward as planned.

*See here for more Albany Patch University Village development coverage.

montymarket November 21, 2012 at 05:42 PM
No sense having an election if there is no actual project to vote upon. The group(s) filing suit against the project won this round. You won! Now it is time for the plaintiff(s) to declare victory and negotiate a withdrawal of the suit(s) -- without prejudice. Lesson learned. Final approval of the project requires a vote of the electorate as part of the process, which can be scheduled with other matters on the ballot to reduce costs. In the meantime, UC apparently took steps to take the Gill Tract out of the hands of the real estate developers and put it back in an academic department where it belongs. You won. Declare victory. Vindication. But negotiate dropping the law suit(s).
Emilie Raguso November 21, 2012 at 06:05 PM
I was happy to hear that Laila was at the meeting and also happy to see that she managed to post some updates about what happened there. I really feel for her position, having to run multiple sites. Hopefully, as she gets to know the community, there will be increasing coverage of local issues. But I understand how it's an uphill battle given what's being asked of her, and of many Patch editors.
Ross Stapleton-Gray November 21, 2012 at 08:09 PM
"Lesson learned. Final approval of the project requires a vote of the electorate as part of the process..." That paints the threatened referendum far more charitably than it deserves. Based on the results of this past election (e.g., the single digit voting percentages for the "pro-OTF" candidates), it seems likely that the referendum would also have failed, at the cost of boring a $60K or so larger hole in the City finances. But getting on the ballot merely requires snookering a small minority with scary phrases like "mega mall."
montymarket November 22, 2012 at 12:50 AM
Don't be afraid. Democracy works. Trust it. Embrace it.
Jon Meyers November 22, 2012 at 04:46 AM
Uh, folks, it's looking a good bit less likely that we'll be seeing that Whole Foods in Albany: http://www.berkeleyside.com/2012/11/21/whole-foods-likely-to-open-second-store-in-berkeley

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