Bay

Bay Area hardware stores battle through a crazy year

In San Francisco, the pandemic and subsequent economic downturn have hit many local businesses like a ton of bricks. But for a select few sectors, business has been booming, from the grocery stores that saw mobs of panic-buyers to the gardening centers overwhelmed by bored quarantiners starting victory gardens.

So, what about our neighborhood hardware stores, trustworthy bastions of power tools and cleaning supplies? Are they crazy-busy from the legions of people taking on home improvement projects, or struggling to survive? Four of our favorite local spots told us how they’re doing, from enduring multiple burglaries to seeing soaring sales on unexpected items.

Cliff’s Variety


While business has generally been OK in 2020 at Cliff’s Variety in the Castro, general manager Terry Asten Bennett said they’re forecasting a rough fourth quarter. A lot of the store’s sales come from gifts, souvenirs and seasonal items, and with Halloween effectively canceled and the December holidays up for debate, it could be a tough three months. Sales in September were trending 10% down, when they had only been 5% down over the summer months.

“It’s a balancing act,” Asten Bennett said. “I’m so grateful we got to be open this whole time but it still really hurts. Normally our fourth quarter carries us. We’ve forecasted a bad Halloween.”

While certain department’s sales are up — she said jigsaw puzzle sales have grown 300% — she said the lack of tourists buying gifts, souvenirs and novelty items is hurting their bottom line. She also said school supply sales have been down as kids stay home for distance learning. Most of all, Asten Bennett said she thinks some people are still just scared to go to stores and are choosing online shopping over a traditional retail experience. “We’re also getting really hurt by the Amazon

Continue Reading

Imperial Homes sells Firenze model in Peninsula at Treviso Bay

CLOSE

Imperial Homes of Naples LLC, one of Southwest Florida’s most experienced and universally respected luxury home builders, has announced it has sold one of its models in the exclusive enclave of Peninsula at Treviso Bay.

The Firenze is a very popular floor plan. The three-bedroom plus study/three-and-a-half-bath home has 2,881 square feet under air and 4,282 total square feet, including its side-entry garage and screened in lanais.

Situated on a prime homesite, the Firenze offers its new owners one of the longest lake views in the enclave with the 18th fairway of Treviso Bay’s TPC championship golf course just beyond.

“As the developer/builder in Peninsula at Treviso Bay, I must say we’ve been experiencing incredible interest in the neighborhood due to its exclusivity, location within Treviso Bay, open floor plans, quality construction and outstanding community amenities,” said Curtis Gunther, Owner and General Contractor of Imperial Homes of Naples. “However, a number of absolutely beautiful homesites still remain and all offer spectacular lake and golf course views.”

When launched, the Peninsula, which is the only gated neighborhood within the gates of Treviso Bay, offered a total of just 55 homesites. Due to the community’s popularity, only 29 remain.

Gunther describes the homestyle offered by Imperial Homes of Naples in Peninsula as coastal contemporary, and includes a wide range of floor plans specifically designed to take advantage of the lake and golf course views from every homesite.

The Abaco is a four-bedroom plus optional study/three-and-a-half-bath plan with 3,196 square feet under air and 4,642 total square feet, including three-car garage.

The Burano is a four-bedroom/four-and-a-half-bath home with 3,585 square feet under air and

Continue Reading

Palm Bay to reconsider allowing hundreds of homes next to FAR Chemical after judge voids meeting

CLOSE

A witness called 911 to report an explosion at a chemical plant in Palm Bay.

Wochit

Back in February, disregarding warnings of danger, the Palm Bay City Council voted 5-0 to rezone land bordering FAR Chemical’s industrial plant for construction of up to 699 homes and 190,000 square feet of commercial space.

On Sept. 8, FAR Chemical was rocked by a series of window-rattling explosions, sparking large fireballs and shutting down U.S. 1 as police and firefighters converged on the scene.

Nine days later, a Brevard County circuit judge invalidated the results of the February City Council meeting, ruling that Palm Bay officials had failed to comply with mandatory notice requirements.

Now, the City Council will re-hear the 22-acre multifamily housing-commercial construction proposal during a special meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The FAR Chemical blasts originated from an industrial storage area containing 30 to 40 50-gallon barrels of an isopropyl alcohol-based solution, Palm Bay spokeswoman Keely Leggett said. No injuries were reported.

Autoplay

Show Thumbnails

Show Captions

Last SlideNext Slide

More: Explosions, smoke from FAR Chemical plant rock Palm Bay

More: FAR Chemical warned Palm Bay officials of hazards months before last week’s explosions

“Nobody ever wants to see an accident happen. But it doesn’t matter how well-prepared you are: Accidents happen,” Joe Beatty, vice president and general manager of FAR Chemical, said Monday.

“I can’t imagine if there were 500 or 600 multifamily home units that close — and if they had already been built? God, it’d just be awful,” Beatty said.

The 22-acre adjacent property at Robert J. Conlan Boulevard and U.S. 1 is owned by MLEF2-1, LLC, a North Miami Beach development company.

The developer’s February 2019 conceptual plan on file at City Hall depicts five future four-story buildings containing 308 housing units with a 10,000-square-foot

Continue Reading

KBRA Releases Report Assigning Rating to the Narragansett Bay Commission Bucklin Point Resiliency Improvements Project WIFIA Loan

On September 30, 2020, Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) assigned a long-term rating of AA with a Stable Outlook to the Narragansett Bay Commission Bucklin Point Resiliency Improvements Project WIFIA Loan. At the same time, KBRA affirmed the long-term rating of AA with a Stable Outlook on the Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Phase III Facilities WIFIA Loan.

Click here to view the report. To access ratings and relevant documents, click here.

Disclosures

Further information on key credit considerations, sensitivity analyses that consider what factors can affect these credit ratings and how they could lead to an upgrade or a downgrade, and ESG factors (where they are a key driver behind the change to the credit rating or rating outlook) can be found in the full rating report referenced above.

A description of all substantially material sources that were used to prepare the credit rating and information on the methodology(ies) (inclusive of any material models and sensitivity analyses of the relevant key rating assumptions, as applicable) used in determining the credit rating is available in the U.S. Information Disclosure Form located here.

Information on the meaning of each rating category can be located here.

Further disclosures relating to this rating action are available in the U.S. Information Disclosure Form referenced above. Additional information regarding KBRA policies, methodologies, rating scales and disclosures are available at www.kbra.com.

About KBRA

KBRA is a full-service credit rating agency registered as an NRSRO with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In addition, KBRA is designated as a designated rating organization by the Ontario Securities Commission for issuers of asset-backed securities to file a short form prospectus or shelf prospectus. KBRA is also recognized by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners as a Credit Rating Provider and is a certified Credit Rating Agency

Continue Reading

Two rival concrete contractors fight over past debts: Bay Village Police Blotter

Bay Village, Ohio

Found dog

On Sept. 21 a dog owner reported that when he went into a local coffee shop, his nine-month-old, black and tan Belgian Malinois, jumped out of the window of his parked car and took off running. Bay Village Animal Control was called to assist. Luckily, an employee at a nearby retirement home came across the dog and was able to capture it unharmed. The dog was returned to a grateful owner.

Bay Village city logo

Spring is in the air, so Bay Village police find they have to remind residents of the city’s regulations regarding pets.

Altercation, Knickerbocker Road

On Sept. 25 a physical altercation was reported. Officers arrived and found that two rival concrete contractors, working just a few houses away from each other, had gotten into a physical altercation. Officers spoke with the men and found that there was bad blood between the 51-year-old Cleveland man and the 42-year-old Parma man over past debts. Officers also received conflicting stories about who started the fight, which left one of the men bloodied. Possible charges are pending.

Distracted driver, Lake Road

On Sept. 26 officers received multiple phone calls regarding a car that was being operated erratically. The car was travelling at slow speeds, was weaving and had crossed the double yellow line numerous times. Officers were able to stop the driver near Cahoon Road. They spoke with the elderly driver who told officers that she was receiving multiple phone calls on her phone and through her bluetooth and she was unsure how to terminate the calls. She was strongly advised to not drive while distracted and to maintain full time and attention to the road.

Thefts

Bay Village Police continue to seek help from residents regarding car thefts and theft from auto reports. During the past week, 17

Continue Reading