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December 16, 2014 | 0 comments
Patience has finally paid off! We have reached agreement on leasing terms for the Bigge St. property off of 98th St. in Oakland (9812 Bigge St.). The Board reviewed the terms and passed a motion approving the LOI. The Board also decided that to sign a lease we need to have raised at least $250,000; we are currently at $147,000. So now is the time to not only be generous and give to the DI fund, but to get family and friends to support our love for this sport and donate...
December 8, 2014 | 0 comments
Our discussions/negotiations with the owners of the Bigge St. Property continue. We have one remaining, but significant issue regarding the size of the security deposit. They are concerned about the financial risk of an organization such as ours. As a result they are asking for a higher than normal security deposit. We have requested a meeting to discuss a middle ground. As we reported in the Member forums, we have continued to assess the WCF portable curling facility...
December 5, 2014 | 0 comments
In researching some other clubs that have been successful in their dedicated ice efforts, I came across an interesting article about the Evergreen Curling Club in Portland: http://www.columbian.com/news/2013/jan/08/evergreen-curling-club-new-clubhouse/ Their new venue became the second dedicated facility on the West Coast when it opened in early 2013. Within the first few months of opening they were able to host regional playdowns and in March 2015, they will host...
November 10, 2014 | 0 comments
Well, a little patience has paid off. We recently received good news on several fronts. First, the property we had submitted a proposal for a few months back, located off 98th Ave and 880 (on the Oakland/San Leandro border), is back on the market. Their broker called us! We submitted a new proposal last week and expect to have discussions with the owner over the next few weeks. So, keep your fingers crossed on this one. Second, we received an announcement from the...
October 23, 2014 | 0 comments
Well, it has been a month or since the last update, and we still don’t have good news to report. We have submitted LOIs for multiple properties and without any success. We found one property that the owner was open to working with us, but when he received multiple offers asking for less “free rent” and without the need to get a city approval for the project, his financial interests won over his personal interests. I will be recommending to the Board that we need to...
September 3, 2014 | 0 comments
The news to report is not positive. The property search we conducted in June and July was unsuccessful. Of the properties we identified that had potential, one was leased and another was determined to have insufficient parking. After further discussion with our broker we elected to switch to a new broker. We met the broker, Newmark Cornish & Carey on Aug 6. They already had a potential list of properties to check out. We narrowed the list to 6-7 properties (San Leandro,...
July 28, 2014 | 0 comments
I recently returned from a bonspiel at the new Coyotes Curling Club dedicated ice facility in Tempe, Arizona, which opened this past spring. The facility is simple and “bare bones” at this point, but the ice is great and the community is amazing. They worked hard to get the club that they have now - it took over a year and multiple fall-throughs to finally sign a lease, many of their club members gave money to the club as donations, bonds, and no-interest loans, and...
July 2, 2014 | 0 comments
Bad news; good news.  First the bad - we received news last week that the owners of Diablo Road are withdrawing their offer to lease the property.   The official reason is that due to financial condition of their company they are electing not to make any capital investment in this property.  Whether this is the real reason, Diablo Road is no longer an option for us, so we must move on.  This is a very disappointing development and further delays our intended opening of a...
June 8, 2014 | 0 comments
Lots of members have been working hard to make DI happen. The Architecture & Design Committee have the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) ready to submit to the city of Hayward, and have been working on program design options for the Diablo Ave space. The fundraising committee has been working on, well, fundraising, primarily focusing on soliciting donations from all of you. The one activity that has been frustratingly slooow has been the lease negotiations. This has...
May 31, 2014 | 0 comments
I'm sure that everyone is recovering from the 2014 Golden Gate Bonspiel. Our biggest annual event with teams from around the world was more successful than ever. We’re hoping that next year’s can be even better, hosted at our own clubhouse. Here's what's happening on those plans... On the lease front, we had another productive meeting with the building owners in Hayward, and we’re negotiating the last few terms. We’re currently awaiting a response on our last...