VALLEJO, CA â€“ On May 15, the Vallejo City Council unanimously selected Nimitz Group to enter into exclusive right to negotiate to develop the 157-acres, City-owned North Mare Island waterfront. This decision continues Vallejoâ€™s economic development momentum.
Founder of Oren Swift wine, owner of Savage & Cooke Distillery, and one of the majority shareholders of Nimitz Group, Dave Phinney, shared personal sentiments and the Groupâ€™s vision with a touching message about his desires for legacy of the project. Mr. Phinney, during his presentation, shared about the immediate acceptance and cooperation of the City citing his excitement for the â€œâ€˜relationship…when you have a cooperative city government and when capitol is not an issue, the barriers to development disappear, and thatâ€™s what we haveâ€¦its infectious at least for us as a company.â€ A touching message followed as he shared his 20-year vision. â€œThe outpouring of support and positivity, I have never experienced anything like that and as you can tell I take it very personally. I now feel like we are a part of this communityâ€¦I want to protect it as best I can and be part of a greater movement that I see happening in Vallejo and Mare Island.â€
â€œDave Phinney and Nimitz Group have a plan that is exciting, forward-thinking and high-end,â€ said Mayor Bob Sampayan. â€œThis vision is something Vallejo has been clamoring for since North Mare Island opened for development several years ago. Their plan of diversifying the types of businesses they propose are in themselves job producers and revenue generators. I am very excited that the City Council unanimously approved the plan to partner with the Nimitz Group. This is an exciting time for Vallejo!â€
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