On September 10, 2019, in response to the growing homeless crisis, the Fremont City Council unanimously approved the rear parking lot of Fremont City Hall for the location of the temporary Housing Navigation Center (HNC).
Construction of the HNC will begin the week of February 17, 2020, and is anticipated to continue through July 2020.
Parking will be restricted within the footprint of the HNC starting on Monday, February 17, 2020, onward. In addition, 10 parking spaces along the south edge of the parking lot, adjacent to 39180 Liberty St., will be restricted during the duration of construction. Sidewalk improvements will be made as part of construction impacting pedestrian access from Liberty Street.
Currently, construction hours are 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, July 2
This week the electrical contractor, Smith & Son’s, scheduled PG&E to mandrel the conduits, form the PG&E point of connection #5box to the transformer area, and from the transformer area to the main switchboard. The mandrel inspection passed, and PG&E can now be scheduled to pull wire. This week the contractor also removed the temporary fence, and all temporary tree protection and stormwater protection and will begin cleaning the site for operation. In the coming weeks, the contractor will be removing and replacing asphalt and concrete to ensure ADA compliance.
Friday, June 26
This week the electrical contract, Smith & Son’s, completed pulling and landing wire form the main switchboard to all the modules. The permanent fence has been completely installed and next week the temporary construction fence will be removed. The landscaping was completely installed including irrigation. The landscape was coordinated by the City of Fremont’s Landscape Division and Park Maintenance team. The plant selection and ascetics were designed to reflect the plantings along Downtown Fremont’s main street, Capitol Avenue.
Friday, June 12
This week local Bay Area Artist, Cameron Moberg, completed two custom murals for the HNC. The first mural is a three-part panel that depicts the transformation of a butterfly, the second mural is of a hummingbird. Cameron had a personal interest in this project as he is a longtime Bay Area resident with a background in working with at-risk youth and the unhoused community. In his proposal for the HNC mural, Cameron explained that he loves, "finding ways to complement a given space, understanding the intent of the space, then using the unique lines, textures, and shapes of a wall." This skill shows in the beautiful final murals.