Planning commission OKs city deal with Surland
by TP staff
Apr 25, 2014 | 5918 views | 20 20 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Tracy planning commission voted unanimously Wednesday to accept a negotiated deal between the city of Tracy and The Surland Cos. LLC that delays by a year two deadlines for the Ellis development, northwest of the intersection of Corral Hollow and Linne roads.

Bill Dean, assistant city development manager, said the deal allowed the city to push back to September 2015 the time when it must accept a piece of land in the northeast corner of the development for a proposed aquatics center. The deal also moves the date for Surland to give the city $2 million, as a first installment of a $10 million payment, from June 2013 to September of this year.

The three members of the commission who were present, Pete Mitracos, Rhodesia Ransom and Veronica Vargas, approved the deal, which will go to a vote of the City Council for final approval.

Red Robin plans November opening

Commissioners also approved plans to tear down the former Chevy’s restaurant building, 2770 N. Naglee Road, and build a smaller Red Robin restaurant.

Brad Smith, with Red Robin, attended the meeting to assure commissioners that the company wanted to preserve the parking spaces and mature landscaping around the site. Smith said Red Robin would build a smaller building upon the existing footprint of the Chevy’s site and add outdoor seating and other features to fill in the remaining area.

Smith added that he expected Red Robin to open sometime in November, about six months after final approval by the City Council.

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eyeballs
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May 01, 2014
He apologized like Leon.

Like Leon, he has been getting a reputation, even taken to bullying in front of children. Its not his first rodeo. He goes down there every meeting loud boisterous and waving his arms and looking like he wanta hit someone. And like Leon, its just the first time he got his name in the paper. Well to be honest a lot of people were talking about it for a long time. The only reason he apologozed is because he got caught on film by the Tracy Press.

Everybody is out to get you Hayward cops?

rosa62
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May 01, 2014
You really shouldn't talk about Councilman Maciel like that eyeballs. If you've ever had a conversation with him, outside of city hall, you would know what I'm talking about.

Your description of his demeanor fits him to a tee.
eyeballs
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May 01, 2014
You really should not talk about councilperson maciels like that.

If you say so. That is ok with me. Anyway I was not talking about him so I have no idea what you are talking about.

Maybe you want to get something off your chest. Do tell.
behonestguys
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April 30, 2014
For all thsoe who say we NEED a swim center NOW - a few questions: where will all the money come form to build it with all the bells and whistles everyone wants, including an Olympic size swimming pool? If we are going to wait for developer fees, good luck. At that point, we are just driving up the cost of doing business, just like the State of California does. That is why businesses are leaving this state and going elsewhere. If we really want the swim center, why not vote to tax ourselves to pay for it through a parcel tax? And after it's built, if it runs a deficit, who is going to foot the bill, especially if we can't get a privet operator to run it? Do you think City employees would take a pay cut to support a water park? Would any of you swim folks be willing to take a pay cut in your paychecks to help subsidize a swim center? Of course not, because just like everyone else who thinks they are entitled to something, it's everyone else's responsibility to pay for it. That is why our national debt is at $17 trillion dollars. Wake up folks and build something that we can afford to pay for and maintain, both in good times and bad times, without breaking the bank.
Tracyite4life
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May 01, 2014
Hey behonest ... yeah, I would take a hit to my paycheck for a swim center. You may be surprised how many would to provide a safe place for kids and seniors to be. So check yourself before making assumptions. Just sayin. (And yeah, I expect my city and all of our tax dollars to support such a vital facility. You know, sort of like how the Grand theater offers art classes and concerts. i'm good with that too.)
rosa62
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May 01, 2014
I would be interested to know how many homes in Tracy already have swimming pools and how many homeowners would be willing to shell out additional taxes for the cost of a competition pool.

With all due respect to the competitive swimmers in Tracy, if you want a competition pool why don't you band together, dig into your own pockets and build one? This way, you can restrict the access of those people who don't agree with you once you have your pool built?

I'm just saying, why should the majority of us pay for a pool that only the competitive swimmers plan to use?
Wobbley
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May 01, 2014
I'd support converting Measure E for this purpose when it expires. Assuming it expires.

We DIDN'T NEED a traffic circle in the middle of an expressway.

We DIDN'T NEED a mini-Macy's.

We DIDN'T NEED a state of the art kiosk directing visitors to downtown destinations when you can see them all from the kiosk. (lol).

We DO NEED a waterpark. It SHOULD be a private for profit park. If it's nice enough, people will flock to it.
eyeballs
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May 01, 2014
I kinda like the traffic circle. It is a nice touch and the park there.
Wobbley
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April 30, 2014
We NEED the swim center NOW.
fortheunderdog
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April 30, 2014
As far as the person you're referring to re: challenging one to fight, he has since apologized for his actions but I find it hard for anyone dealing with that particular council member to talk civilly with him.

The good ole boys of yesteryear have got to be beaten in the next election and new blood injected in this city's government.

By the way MNMO, by the tone of your comments is it possible you're that council member?
Seek_the_Truth
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April 25, 2014
....and even better news...Red Robin is opening in Tracy! Thank You City Council! Finally, a council that is making things happen! Mr. Jarbuckle, take notice - this council wanted economic development - we got Amazon. They wanted restaurants - we get Red Robin (and 6 places down town).

Sorry Jarbuckle, with this council, you can't stop progress!
C3TJ
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April 26, 2014
You're being facetious, right???
jarbuckle
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April 25, 2014
As usual the no-planning commission gives everything to Surland in exchange for nothing for the city and the residents. Surland gets to delay payment of the 2 million dollars for the swim center until September 15, 2014 a year late. WE don't even get interest on the 2 million swim center payment that was supposed to be paid September 15, 2013. Surland will likely default on that date to. More delays for the swim center people. Way to go Planning Commission you are as inept as the City Council. The voters will remember you all as you pursue your climb up the political ladder.
hohohumdrum
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April 25, 2014
jarbuckle makes no sense. I am wondering why all we hear from angry people is make believe fairy tales about giving the keys to the city to Surland? If its true at least prove it. I been hearing that rumor and then went downtown to find out if it was true. What did I see? Some bald headed guy upset about something about Surland that apparently was not even true. Then he started flailing his arms out to the sides and trying to pick a fist fight with a member on the city. After all that a cop went to him and walked him back to his seat. These people are nuts. What the heck is wrong with a swim center anyway? It would do them good to take a dip and cool down.
Tracyite4life
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April 25, 2014
Hohohumdrum, thank you for letting us know there are reasonable people with some sense. I hope you know you are not alone.
fortheunderdog
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April 25, 2014
hoho, it's evident you don't know 1/2 of what went on with Surland. You have to go back years to fully understand the situation.
hohohumdrum
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April 25, 2014
I'm not alone. Been talking to people about it.

Folks like forunderdog don't even know what their upset about anymore. Apparently they been doing pretty much the same thing for the past 20 years.
fortheunderdog
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April 28, 2014
hoho, Unfortunately all that has happened in the past 20 yrs is still on most people's minds. This city has government leaders who really shouldn't be there. Try to research all of the Tracy Press' op-ed pages for the past 15-20 yrs. What you'll see might get you upset. If it doesn't, welcome to the group of residents who like having sand kicked in your face.
MeNMyOatmeal
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April 30, 2014
OK. Let us recapp what has happened over the last 20 years.

There exists a Grinch who actually lives outside of Tracy. He and his old lady are very powerful in CA politics and he has done everything in his power to try to stop the swim center. He claims it is for the good of CA development, but only pulls his craft in Tracy. I'm sure we all know the history. As for the underdog says, he has been about it for twenty years. It has been that long? Yes it has. Twenty year grudge over several developments, but what most people do not know is the Grinch only targets specific developers in his grudge against our community.

Now, here is the another thing I see happening. Many people among us, over those two decades were getting fed up and wanted to do something, thinking the developer was "dirty" or something. So, these brave souls over two decades signed up for public service
MeNMyOatmeal
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April 30, 2014
But here is where it gets interesting.

Some of them ended up on the city council and some on the planning commission and other duties.

But all of them began to realize that what the nay sayers are bitckin about the swim center is a lot of non-sensical grudges.

The only way Tracy has or will move forward is when more of our community gets involved in such a manner.

We have seen people get involved by trying to pick fights. That has never worked in Tracy.

It may have worked in Hayward. I don't know and I don't care. We do know the history of the past 20 years. Not everyone agrees all the time, but if we try it can work for peace and what's best for our community.

And I have to say a swim center won't hurt a fly.


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