Novato City Council: Hamilton Town Center is for ALL OF US!

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Update. 2/22/18

Novato City Council Meeting
Tuesday, February 27
6 p.m.

Item I-15

15.  Authorizing the City Manager to proceed with Requests for Proposals for the purchase and/or lease or other potential use agreement regarding several City-owned properties at Hamilton, commonly referred to as:

• Commissary site at 802 State Access Road, APN 157-970-03 & Christmas Tree Hill at Nave Drive and State Access Road, APN 157-720-02

• Town Center (Theater, Community Center, vacant land and parking lot) at 507 S Palm Drive, APN 157-690-47 & Hamilton

Parkway and Palm Drive, APN 157-180-47
• Bachelor Officer's Quarters/ Officer's Club/ Old Gym site at 113 San Pablo Avenue and Hamilton Parkway, APN 157-690-37

Staff recommends that the Hamilton Town Center be open without restrictions to Requests for Proposals.  The timeline on this process would begin September 2018.

Please write your council and ask them not to allow proposals for infill housing for this historic site.

Original Petition

Novato City Council to discuss
SALE of Hamilton Town Center

On Tuesday, February 28 at 6 p.m., the Novato City Council will go into closed session to discuss the price and payment terms of the Hamilton Town Center Parcel to Avesta Group, the developer of the old Hospital. 

The Town Center parcel includes:  Hamilton Theater, Community Center, Dance Center, Hamilton Preschool, the Bus Stop and the parking lot for all of these community facilities plus parking for Unity in Marin, the Novato Arts Center, and Beso Restaurant.

The City of Novato has KNOWN since March 15, 2016 that the DEVELOPER is interested in developing this land for their own profits.  Watch the video at 1:11:36. However, the first time that the community hears of it is on an CLOSED SESSION agenda to "NEGOTIATE PRICE and PAYMENT."

Let the Novato Council, Novato City Manager, and the Director of Hamilton Reuse know that they should put Hamilton RESIDENTS before DEVELOPERS!  Where is our opportunity for public input?  This is not an example of a TRANSPARENT government.

Novato City Council Agenda


Hamilton Theater Town Center Site
APN No. 157-690-47

Agency Negotiator:
Regan Candelario, City Manager
Scott Ward, Director of Hamilton Base Reuse

Negotiating Parties:
Avesta Development Group, LLC

Under negotiation:
Price and Terms of Payment

The HEART of Hamilton is the TOWN CENTER.  Let our Mayor Denise Athas and Novato Council know that public properties should not be sold out from under us in SECRET closed sessions, particularly a property that currently has extensive community use. Where is the public dialog?

The funds from the sale of the Hamilton Hospital ($2 million) and the Hamilton Cottages parcel ($500,000) could be used to rehabilitate the Town Center for continued COMMUNITY use.

Please sign this petition; email your council; and attend and speak at the closed session at the City OFFICES (not City Hall) at 6 p.m. 922 Sherman Ave.

Mayor Denise Athas
Eric Lucan 
Josh Fryday 
Pam Drew
Pat Eklund   (to reach all council members through the city clerk's scheduled distribution).

-The Voters of Novato


petition prepared by:  Tracey Ruiz, Hamilton Resident


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