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January 30, 2017

Hometown Donuts glory

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:00 am

The first agenda item on the City Council’s agenda is one of the closed variety, but I was piqued by the agenda title:

CONFERENCE WITH REAL PROPERTY NEGOTIATORS (Pursuant to Government Code ? 54956.8) PROPERTY: 1930 Main Street, Alameda, CA 94501 REAL PROPERTY NEGOTIATORS: Jen Ott, Base Reuse and Transportation Planning Director and Rochelle Wheeler, Transportation Planner PARTIES REPRESENTED: Mr. Hi Chi Chen and Mrs. Lena Muy Chiv d.b.a. Hometown Donuts ISSUE UNDER NEGOTIATION: Real Property Negotiations Price and Terms of Lease

I’m not sure what’s going on, but I see that there is a Transportation Planner involved in discussions with Hometown Donuts.

Now, for those that don’t venture to the West End that often you won’t know that there is, at the corner of Main and RAMP, a small gem of a store called Hometown Donuts.  It’s nothing fancy, nothing gourmet but it serves a purpose as (1) donut stop of choice for those on the West End and (2) a corner grocery stop for very very limited selection of items.  When all else has failed and been unable to stay in business Hometown Donuts is a reliable fixture that is always around and always open.

Seeing that their lease in under negotiation is pretty concerning, but seeing that there is a Transportation Planner involved as well means that perhaps there is some issue around the Cross Alameda Trail that dead ends right at the parking lot of Hometown Donut’s strip mall.

I just want to say this now: please don’t mess with Hometown Donuts.  The West End wouldn’t be the same without it and its smell of donuts and sticky tables.  What will we rename the donut trail (trail the runs along Main Street) if the donut shop no longer exists at the end of said trail?

These owners should be thanked for keeping this bright light open during the slow times.



  1. I remember the Cross Alameda Trail design was going to require taking back some of the easement where the parking near the Appezzato sidewalk. Perhaps they are going to give them some extra space for parking on the side of Monkey Thai in order to make the trail meet the corner well.

    Comment by BMac — January 30, 2017 @ 7:21 am

    • That’s my memory as well. I believe the parking lot for the hometown complex is built on the trail right of way that is now owned by the city. Likely, this is about negotiating to ensure that the plans for Appezato Pkwy are able to be built while ensuring that the business there can remain viable.

      Comment by jkw — January 30, 2017 @ 9:27 am

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