Capacity nears 60 percent at Millwork...

Capacity nears 60 percent at Millworks building

There are 36 comments on the Marin Independent Journal story from Feb 16, 2010, titled Capacity nears 60 percent at Millworks building. In it, Marin Independent Journal reports that:

The Millworks building in downtown Novato is approaching 60 percent capacity, according to a representative of FPI Management, which handles leasing at the residential/retail development.

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Birds Landing, CA

#21 Feb 17, 2010
BUDDY BOY wrote:
Good. I'm on here before all you snivelers and whiners get a chance. Even though 60% is a far cry from 100%, we're getting there. And I'll say something that should be obvious to even the most mentally-challenged of you cry-babies. What's there now is FAR BETTER than what used to be there. An ugly, abandoned mill. Up next: N Redwood Blvd. Because we really need to do something about that ugly, not-so-abandoned rock place. A Wal-Mart would be nice...

Buddy Boy you had me at hello. Then you lost me at N Redwood and WalMart. I 100% agree that the Millworks/Whole Foods project is considerably better than what was there before. 60% occupancy is great too. Hope they get it to 100% and we see them walking around downtown Novato and spending some dough. Nice positive points there.

However.. the N Redwood project at its worst is a pipe dream.(See private property rights that trump this plan and no politician has nuts big enough to invoke eminent domain.) At its best this plan is 15 yrs out from fruition.

And as far as Walmart.. why not put an Indian casino there?! Either/or would completly destroy the small town charm that Novato STILL has.
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Birds Landing, CA

#22 Feb 17, 2010
Gary wrote:
How many of those units are Section 8 welfare cases?
How many are free market?
Zero and All.
A little vision please

Birds Landing, CA

#23 Feb 17, 2010
If the city wants to increase tax revenue without spending a ton of dough, and waste a lot of time the answer is easy and right under their nose.

Downtown Novato has not been even close to fully revitalized yet. They put some nice streets/curbs/light posts (also thank you Rotary for the great clock) but it is far from complete and the poential for these three blocks abounds. This vast potential of what Old Town holds is staring the city and the council right in the face but they obviously lack the vision to see it.

The city has Sherman Ave available to give the downtown area a true center or "heart". A large gathering area with easy parking and a operable theatre will draw more than just the citizens of Novato there. They need to close Sherman Ave permanently and build a large town plaza (park, walk ways, playground, stage), build a parking facility next to the Community Center on Machin to encourage easy access to an already stressed parking environment and open the theatre. These three projects (in conjunction with each other) will drastically change downtown Novato by encouraging improved retail growth and bring people in droves downtown.

The only town in Marin County with a real plaza is Mill Valley.. A great setting, no doubt, at the foot of Mt. Tam beautiful..ect.. Difficult to get to off of 101 however. Sherman Ave is a mere seconds off of this very same main artery and with 50k+ living in Novato (with Petaluma and SR both 12+ miles away) downtown Novato is situated perfectly (with a downtown square/plaza, easy parking and a quaint theatre) to draw many more than most would think to the DeLong/Downtown exit.

They need not spend millions to do any if this. By handing over the three city owned (dilapitated buildings on Sherman) and the theatre to a developer (with an outlined plan for what should be created), the city will be able to create a vibrant gathering place for the city of Novato's 55,000+ residents and make it a destination for better retail and many other Marin/Sonoma county residents looking for a town square atmosphere in a downtown atmosphere.

For the city to focus on other projects (like the N Cooridor, Hannah Ranch, Fireman's Fund hotel thing..ect..ect..) is to completely ignore what they started downtown. More importantly the city and the council are ignoring the potential that is right under their nose. It doesn't need to break the bank either.
Captain Gort

Berkeley, CA

#24 Feb 17, 2010
Finally had a chance to see that God-awful ediface. How totally and completely inappropriate for that formerly-quaint little town of Novato. Bet it eventually
goes bankrupt and is taken over by some kind of ultra-low-income housing authority
and filled with their clients. Sad...poor Novato. Somebody's pockets got filled on that deal....
June Cleaver


#25 Feb 17, 2010
buddy boy, the Beaver is an idiot.
Just for the record, he isn't my biological child.

Mill Valley, CA

#26 Feb 17, 2010
leave it to beaver wrote:
buddy boy, you are such a twit. "take a pill works" is a nightmare. Now novato can shell out 3 bucks for a whole foods tomato but feel good because at least the label says it was range fed and organic (however that is defined). how many regular people can eat that crap and also afford their jetboats and fishing poles? Crimy, they have a woman who gives shoulder massages and then "balances energy with the gratitational forces of her hands". What poppycock.
by the way, the apartments were built to be condos, so instead of pride of ownership you get an SRO.
and you can pay for your medical bills, as I like to say. I would rather pay for it going in, then coming out!
and if you read, then you would know banks are not lending to those who want to purchase a condo. It's difficult time to purchase a house or a condo.
Why don't you try eating a organic tomato vs a gassed one. and then you can skip the massage.

Morgan Hill, CA

#27 Feb 17, 2010
Go by at night and there are about 4 apartments lit up. Millworks did a press release to con people and the dim-witted IJ bought it without fact checking. How about standing outside as someone leaves, and asking, "Many folks living here?"I could put out a press release saying I won a Pulitzer and Nobel and they would print it. Dunces.
Bob Cleek

San Jose, CA

#28 Feb 17, 2010
Could somebody explain two things here:

1) How do you "revitalize" a small boutique-y (read: "place to buy stuff you don't really need") retail district in the middle of the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression when practically everybody is hanging on by their fingernails just trying to avoid their homes being foreclosed?

2) How do you "revitalize" a dated, architectural hodge-podge of empty offices and storefronts when you've overshadowed it with a huge regional discount retail shopping center (Vintage Oaks: Costco, Target, etc.) and then eliminated a third of its usable parking spaces?

Two hints: Spending millions on new sidewalks, street art and landscaping won't bring shoppers to a retail strip that rolls up its sidewalks at six o'clock every night. One and a half square foot signs with an arrow saying "Historic Downtown District" on the way OUT of a discount mega-shopping center aren't likely to generate much business.

If the Novato City Council can answer these questions, I expect the fancy street lights and four-faced clocks will take care of themselves.

Remember S&H Green Stamps? Wouldn't it be interesting if Novato passed an ordinance (not that they could) which allowed Grant Avenue merchants to issue a ten buck off coupon for every hundred bucks spent in their stores, redeemable in any store in Vintage Oaks?
Al Bundy

San Rafael, CA

#29 Feb 17, 2010
Novato needs a strip club, maybe next to the Days Inn?

Vacaville, CA

#30 Feb 17, 2010
lets see we have Whole Foods at one end and then we can have a DOLLAR TREE STORE or a 99 cent at the other end then we will have the rich and poor together. But the landlord needs to rent now so why should he care who moves in as long as you got the money
Whole Foods

San Rafael, CA

#31 Feb 17, 2010
A little bird told me that Whole Foods has something big to tell the Novato City Council.

It will be interesting to see what occupies the former Whole foods in 20 mos, if anything.

Dollar Store might do well there.

Novato, CA

#32 Feb 18, 2010
Whole Foods wrote:
A little bird told me that Whole Foods has something big to tell the Novato City Council.
It will be interesting to see what occupies the former Whole foods in 20 mos, if anything.
Dollar Store might do well there.
Your little bird is your brain acting up again. Why don't you go to the store and look at the workers there everyday building it. Yes i am working there and the problem is not whole foods but Signature property's. Did you ever notice that the turn lanes and islands are now sitting and not finished?. Do your homework and you will find out why. Think before you speak and people will think you are a smart man

“With Chin Wu, played by Wo Li”

Since: Feb 10


#33 Feb 18, 2010
Whole Foods wrote:
A little bird told me that Whole Foods has something big to tell the Novato City Council.
That must be the same little bird that's been spreading lies and innuendo on these threads for quite some time. Someone should kill that little #!!?%@*^!!
leave it to beaver

Mountain View, CA

#34 Feb 18, 2010
so maybe you all won't be able to buy your $3 tomatoes and get your shoulders rubbed?

Hey June, stay out of my business.
Like beaver

Novato, CA

#35 Feb 18, 2010
They are verking on the store today. Want a tour call them and you get it
Bahia Resident

San Francisco, CA

#36 Feb 18, 2010
Here is some good housing for Redwood blvd...Bahia is definately not the proper location for senior homes:

It is ridiculous to put this housing out in the boonies...put it closer to downtown Novato!

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