HAYWARD -- Plans for a 9/11 memorial downtown, which had bogged down this summer, are back on track after the city and the project's creator ended their impasse.
"The community will benefit by having this very unique and tastefully done memorial on city property," City Attorney Michael Lawson said. "The design is remarkably poignant; it's stylish, and it's also restrained."
The memorial, next to the old City Hall at D Street and Mission Boulevard, was designed by Michael Emerson, who also is spearheading the collection of donations of money, labor, materials and time. The agreement had stalled this summer after Emerson would not agree to some of the city's conditions.
"For example, he wanted his plans automatically approved if city had not reviewed them within 10 days," Lawson said. "Now, over the last month or so, Mr. Emerson has decided that's not an important issue."
The city has agreed to give Emerson an opportunity to comment on the fate of the memorial if it is damaged beyond repair by an event such as earthquake, Lawson said. The memorial site lies on the Hayward Fault, which scientists say is overdue for a large earthquake.
The memorial will have four 10-foot-tall black granite monoliths, representing the four airplane attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. In the center will stand a 25-foot-tall flagpole on top of a 3-foot base, with red granite benches along the edge of the site. It will also honor Hayward police and firefighters who died in the line of duty and veterans.
The next step is fundraising. Emerson already has some donations of labor and materials, and is collecting more but said he will need to raise $100,000 to $150,000. More information is available at www.hayward911memorial.com, which also has a donor link.
Emerson, a veteran who lives in Fairview, also coordinated construction of a veterans memorial in Castro Valley and a Flight 193 memorial in Union City.
He has three years to complete the Hayward project or the terms will have to be reapproved by the City Council.
"I won't start until I have everything in place," Emerson said. "Then it will be done in about two months."
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