Wayans business partner Britten Shuford said the brothers failed to get a commitment from the city to preserve the site's San Francisco Bay views.
The port plans to stack storage containers and build a dividing wall that would block views of the bay.Oakland business officials say the Wayans' decision to back out after long-standing negotiations over the 100-acre (40-hectare) parcel clears the path for other proposals on developing the base, which closed in 1999.Oakland Mayor Ron Dellums has released a list of 13 other developers interested in building on the site. (pr-inside)
From IW: Even tho I sometimes have issues with the Wayans, and I love my hometown, I feel that this was a very, very stupid move on Oakland's part.
thanks freshplays for the pic
UPDATE: Ooops, my bad...from "A Better Oakland":
People seem to be upset all of a sudden (or maybe just again) about the fact that the Wayans Brothers are no longer interested in bringing their movie studio to the Oakland Army Base. First of all, I don’t even get why this is news now, since they canceled their ENA last year. Why on earth would anyone then expect them to respond to an RFQ? I also don’t get why people seem to think this is a bad thing. The City didn’t do anything wrong here, except maybe wasting too much time working with the Wayans, who simply could never get their act together. We gave them years to bring a real proposal to the Council, and they never did it. The City Council approved a 12 month exclusive negotiating agreement in June 2005, and it took them 8 months to sign the agreement. By that time, the ENA length had increased to 18 months. During those 18 months, they failed to meet nearly every deadline, or produce a viable proposal for the land. We gave them another 4 months in July 2007, and they pulled out a month later because they apparently hadn’t noticed in the previous 2 years that the land is next to a Port. They’ve totally failed to demonstrate that they’re capable of building anything. It’s time to move on.
From IW: so Wayans = trifling. Come to think of it, this is a bit more believable than the first version....