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Pete's Harbor tenants told development a possibility
September 18, 2012, 05:00 AM By Michelle Durand Daily Journal Staff

Tenants at Pete's Harbor are being told a developer is interested in replacing the unique water community with housing units but an attorney for the family that owns the Redwood City landmark says concern is premature.

Owner Paula Uccelli arranged a private meeting between the boat tenants and Denver-based developer Pauls Corporation on Thursday morning to discuss the possible plan. But attorney Ted Hannig, who represents Uccelli, said possible development could always fall through again as it has before over the last dozen years.

The hope is providing residential housing while preserving the marina environment, Hannig said.

Uccelli, he said, is in a tough spot trying to keep tenants informed and squash untrue rumors of the harbor's sale while not inflaming worry about the community's future when there is the possibility of nothing actually happening.

"In the past, there's been so much false information so we wanted to inform the tenants and meet with them,” Hannig said.

Hannig said Uccelli has always told residents development was a possibility which is why tenants are on month-to-month leases. In July, Uccelli alerted tenants of the development interest and, in the Sept. 10 letter, assured them she will notify them immediately if ownership transfers.

The developer has submitted an application for a permit and tentative parcel map for 411 residential units on a 10.6-acre parcel along the Bayfront of Uccelli Boulevard, said city spokesman Malcolm Smith.

The plan doesn't require zoning changes and is headed to the Architectural Advisory Committee Wednesday night.

But while nothing is set in stone, Uccelli certainly favors the idea.

In a Sept. 10 letter announcing the upcoming tenant meeting, Uccelli said the ownership of Pete's Harbor has not yet changed but that she hopes the development plan works out as "I believe it would be a fitting legacy in memory of my husband, Pete.”

Pete Uccelli, 84, died in September 2005, leaving behind him the 21-acre privately owned harbor that opened in 1958 on former swamp land and is now owned by his wife. The marina grew to 280 berths and hundreds of people call it home.

Paula Uccelli wants to live out her retirement years in the new community, Hannig said.

The Architectural Advisory Committee meets 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19 at City Hall, Conference Room 1B, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.

Michelle Durand can be reached by email: michelle@smdailyjournal.com or by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 102.

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