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    12 comments  ·  Economic Development Forum  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Anja Miller commented  · 

    We do need to be realistic: What can the city do in the way of incentives if private property and/or business owners do nothing themselves? The old vacant, derelict buildings are mostly privately owned.

    In the past, the City tried to make the street more attractive, even adding brick crosswalks and planting new trees. Then, with Redevelopment Fund revenue, the City bought the old Five Star Cafe building, which is soon going to be replaced by a nice new library.

    Any financial incentives to private businesses to come here would require serious new taxes -- would you be willing to vote for that?

    One recent idea was to charge property owners a fee for keeping their buildings vacant -- but that didn't go very far. Also, any amount of "Parkside" dreaming, beyond adding lots and lots of new housing, will not solve the problem for Visitacion. Now IF all that housing is actually built, then perhaps someone will finally set up shop in that vacant, fairly new commercial space in the mixed-use building at 1 San Bruno.

    Anja Miller commented  · 

    Brisbane should not be compared with any other city in San Mateo County. After Colma we are the smallest, and our population just cannot be expected to support some kinds of businesses for adequate profit. We do have a lot of lunchtime traffic here, and a new nice coffee shop/ice cream fountain could probably survive even with no added parking. However, if people were willing to vote for more taxes to support businesses with "City incentives," it might help. In the meantime, let's stop blaming the City for everything; posting these "letters to Santa Claus" won't help.

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    5 comments  ·  Economic Development Forum  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    The building next to the Eagles Club, the old 5 Star Cafe site, has been identified as the location for the new Brisbane Library. So, it will be demolished at some point in the near future. On Thursday, 4/7, the Council will be considering an Agreement for Professional Services for the Design of the new Library. Link to the staff report: http://www.brisbaneca.org/sites/default/files/14%20prof%20services%20library.pdf

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    3 comments  ·  Economic Development Forum  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Anja Miller commented  · 

    Good idea; we do need fresh produce all year.
    But why move the market to the well-used Community Center? What about the nearest, ample vacant space right across the street in the 1 San Bruno building? With a cooperative owner and City participation, some of the other ideas for part-time facilities proposed here could also be accommodated. Failing that, the other nearby space that could be used for the winter market is the old Teen Center.

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    1 comment  ·  Economic Development Forum  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Anja Miller commented  · 

    There are supposed to be two privately funded EV charging stations at the Marina already, and City Hall is planned to have one -- one of these days. A Council subcommittee is working on it. In the meantime, we plug in our EV overnight at home, using the extra solar power from our roof PV system.

    As JFK said, "Ask not . . . "

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    2 comments  ·  Economic Development Forum  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Anja Miller commented  · 

    Fine, just don't sell the pool use to corporations during normally open public swim hours. It's a slippery slope when you start prioritizing money-making, whether by the City or businesses, at the expense of services to the people.

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    9 comments  ·  Economic Development Forum  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Anja Miller commented  · 

    > The South east quadrant of SF and the Eastern part of SSF have no grocer to speak of. <

    True, but UPC's Schlage Lock development in SF just across our border, with 1,600 housing units approved (that's almost equal to what all of Brisbane now has!) includes a major supermarket. Let's hope it'll be a TJ's.

    BTW, another nearby city that doesn't have its neighborhood TJ's is San Bruno.

    Anja Miller commented  · 

    Of course we'd all welcome a TJ here, but that business relies on lots and lots of customers every day. There just aren't enough of us to meet that requirement.

    We need to accept the fact that our treasured small-town lifestyle with its many benefits also includes certain inconveniences and costs. But we can surely exercise our consumer power to get our existing businesses to improve.

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    2 comments  ·  Economic Development Forum  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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    2 comments  ·  Economic Development Forum  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Anja Miller commented  · 

    We already have a Chamber of Commerce. It is supported by City funds as well as membership fees. It is an active group with an Executive Director who is doing a lot of outreach. There are also many commercial real estate brokers reaching out as best they can to sell or lease any vacant properties, many of whose owners are not local and who sometimes actually benefit by keeping their buildings vacant.

    We really do not need to spend more taxpayers' money to hire another City employee and somehow expect that person to do any better.

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    2 comments  ·  Economic Development Forum  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Anja Miller commented  · 

    Yes, I too wish we would look as nice as any neighborhood in Europe. The only undergrounding here was done long ago on Visitacion -- indeed to make the street more attractive to business! -- and San Bruno. The funding for that kind of improvement is tightly controlled by PG&E, and Brisbane's allocation was all spent for those streets.

    The only way to underground residential streets is for the majority of the people on a block to agree to pay for it. Last I heard the process is pretty complicated -- and costly for each house, of course. We tried on our block, but the idea was turned down by most homeowners.

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    2 comments  ·  Economic Development Forum  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Anja Miller commented  · 

    The main problem cited by businesses otherwise attracted by Sierra Point is the poor southbound access to 101. The historical reason is that Caltrans did not construct the necessary onramp because South San Francisco prevented it -- they still saw Sierra Point as a competitor to their Oyster Point. People should also be aware that there are one large campus-type development and another big office development planned and approved by the City long ago, but not yet built. Until the market forces build up to overcome the basic problem with the site, we'll just have to be patient. No paid City staff person can do any better than the Chamber of Commerce and commercial real estate professionals already "reaching out."

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    10 comments  ·  Civic Participation Project  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hi Ray, thanks for your idea and apologies for the late reply! This idea would be perfect for the new Economic Development forum that will be replacing this current one. So, if you wouldn’t mind suggesting it again after Friday, 9/26, when the new forum is in place, I would appreciate it. We will be closing up this forum to get the site ready to take your specific Economic Development Ideas so they can be shared at an upcoming City Council Workshop…so you may want to also start thinking about your answers to…

    What do you like?
    What do you think should be enhanced?
    What things in the past do you think should be brought back?
    What things are missing from our town?
    What things do you not want to see in Brisbane?

    Again, the forum should be up and running by this Friday, the 26th. Thanks in advance for…

    Anja Miller commented  · 

    No new taxes can be levied in Brisbane without a 2/3 vote of the people.
    I guess that would be one way to gauge just how "business-friendly" our City really is.

    Anja

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