Bike/Ped Bridge & Art Center Back on Track
|Stanley Mosk Library and Courts Bldg|
by Coolcaesar. (Wikimedia Commons)
The Court of Appeal's decision interprets the relevant state statutes in Emeryville's favor, finding that Emeryville, as Successor to the Redevelopment Agency, was entitled to re-enter the agreements necessary to continue pursuing these redevelopment projects. These agreements were also agreed to by the Oversight Committee and the court concluded they were within their rights to do so.
While the former Redevelopment Agency's contributions to the Bike/Ped Bridge and Art Center might not be enough to fund these projects completely, this win certainly puts those projects on a sounder financial footing. The so-called "Transit" Center with its overwhelming commercial purpose and backers was likely to be built regardless of this outcome, but now we can rest easy that a developer will likely get one last giveaway from Emeryville's former Redevelopment Agency.
It is not yet clear whether the State will seek to appeal this decision to the California Supreme Court.
The roller coaster ride of these project's approvals can be viewed:
South Bayfront Bike /Ped Bridge HERE and HERE
Art Center HERE and HERE
"Transit" Center HERE and HERE