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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...
May 12, 2014 | 0 comments
It’s been a while since we've posted an update on dedicated ice and quite a bit has transpired since the last update. With a new board coming in and lots of new people getting involved after the March 15 DI Vote and subsequent approval, lots of new activity is kicking off. We hope to be aggregating updates from the committees on a weekly basis to update this space… Steering Committee (high level and misc. issues): Lease Negotiations: Several exchanges have...
April 4, 2014 | 0 comments
LETTER OF INTENT We received the owner's response to our Letter of Intent (LOI) on 3/17. We immediately turned around our response by the end of that week (3/21). As it appears to take them a few weeks to reply, we expect to hear back in the next week or two. Next steps are to have an in person meeting. To characterize the main discussion points: Rent/rent abatement/lease commencement - Our objective is to take possession as soon as we are ready (city approves our...
Dear Members and Friends of Curling, Earlier this evening, the membership of the San Francisco Bay Area Curling Club voted to authorize the club's Board of Directors to proceed with building in Hayward, CA what will be the only dedicated curling facility in California. Once operational, the new curling center will provide a greater diversity of draw times and activities, improved ice quality, and allow us to fully develop our Youth/Junior curling initiative as well as new...
Today we finally submitted the AUP application to the City of Hayward. Michael Lively personally delivered it and was told by the planner assigned to us that the drawings look more complete than most of what they get in. Way to go Michael! Next we have a meeting to discuss our application set on April 2nd. The drawings look pretty cool. We will have a copy to show at tomorrow's member meeting. DI MEMBER VOTE CLOSES TOMORROW As you all know the member vote for DI kicked...
WCF Loan Application Last week we submitted a loan application to the WCF (World Curling Federation) for a $200,000 loan. In addition, we have been keeping Darrell Ell, who is with the WCF, abreast of our efforts, including sending him a draft of our business plan. Darrell took our draft business plan with him to Sochi for the WCF meetings they were having. Apparently the WCF and other attendees of the meetings were very impressed with our programs as a club and were...