Tuesday July 21st 2015, a red letter date in Emeryville history: tonight the City Council in a 3-2 vote said NO to the Development Agreement for the proposed Market Place development on Shellmound Street; the first time in at least 35 years the City Council has said no to a developer promoting a project. The historic vote came down with the old guard (Davis, Atkin) standing against the new progressive majority (Asher, Donahue, Martinez) who cited a lack of public benefit as the reason for their vote. The historic NO vote does not constitute a rejection of the project it should be noted, rather a rejection of the specific Development Agreement for the Market Place project, a controlling suite of development conditions, findings and parameters that can be re-drawn, presumably making the project more palatable to the Council majority. It is not clear at this moment how the project will move forward and the developers hurriedly left the Council chambers refusing to comment to the Tattler.
Look to the Tattler to report on developing news as a result of tonight's astounding turn of events.