Greenbelt Alliance Endorsed: Walnut Residences in Fremont

Greenbelt Alliance is excited that, after a long, arduous process, the City of Fremont has approved the Walnut Residences development—providing 670 new homes just a short walk from the city’s downtown BART station.

Several years ago, this city of nearly 230,000 residents made the bold move to become “strategically urban.” Working with community members, the city identified a handful of locations that could evolve into more walkable neighborhoods with new homes, shops, and jobs in close proximity and easy access to high-quality transit.

Walnut Residences by Carmel Partners will help to bring that vision to fruition, transforming one of the city’s largest sites for infill development in the heart of Central Fremont.

The project offers a host of benefits for Fremont and the Bay Area:

  • It will help ease the region’s severe housing crunch and create more choices for those who want to live in a neighborhood with easy transit access.
  • It features a wide variety of features to foster healthy mobility options for current and future residents, including extensive walking and biking paths, “unbundled” parking, shared parking, electric car charging stations, and ample bike parking spaces.
  • The development team is partnering with an affordable housing developer to provide new homes for low-income residents adjacent to Fremont’s new Warm Springs BART station.
  • And these new transit-oriented homes will help relieve development pressure on our region’s threatened natural and agricultural lands.

Greenbelt Alliance provided critical support for the project’s approval by testifying at several lively hearings at the Fremont Planning Commission and City Council, garnering attention from the San Francisco Business Times and the East Bay Times.

We’re disappointed that the city’s approval of the Walnut Residences has been challenged in court. Opponents want to take the project in the wrong direction by significantly reducing the number of homes near transit and adding unnecessary and costly parking. We hope for a quick resolution to avoid further delays for these much-needed new homes.

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