||City Of San Leandro
||City of San Leandro
Public Information Office
835 East 14th Street
San Leandro, CA 94577
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
|PRESS RELEASE CM2013-05-13-2
|Historic Manor Sign to Shine Again
||Jeff Kay (510) 577-3319
|Mayor Stephen Cassidy announced today that the historic Manor Shopping Center neon sign will be illuminated, for the first time in over 30 years, on May 24, 2013. The Optimist Club of San Leandro and the City of San Leandro split the $13,400 cost of restoring the neon sign, with the City using funds from its Commercial Rehabilitation Program.
"The Manor Shopping Center neon sign is part of San Leandro's history and adds to the beauty and character of the Washington Manor neighborhood," stated Mayor Cassidy. “We are extremely thankful to the Optimist Club for its initiative and generous donation that made this project possible. We look forward to partnering with other community and private groups to preserve our history and enhance our neighborhoods.”
The sign is situated at the corner of Manor Boulevard and Farnsworth Street in the shopping center originally built in the 1950s. The current owner of the property, Larry Fingerut, was 18 years old when he watched a large crane set the tall vertical piece of the sign in place. Fingerut had been working in his father’s shoe store at the time. After the original owner passed away in the 1970s, his heir sold the property to Fingerut, who has maintained ownership since. Fingerut recalled the sign was “visible from Bay-O-Vista” when it was lit. Unfortunately, significant damage was sustained at the top of the sign, compromising the sign’s viability, around the time the contracted neon company disbanded, and it has been dark since. Now, over 30 years later, no one is more excited about the refurbishing of the sign than Fingerut, who holds dear memories of the center, both as a young man and as a 60 year resident of the Manor.
For more information, call Jeff Kay, Acting Business Development Manager at (510) 577-3319.
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A dynamic and diverse community of 86,000 residents located in the center of the San Francisco Bay Area, San Leandro maintains a safe, small town feel, while offering a wide range of shopping, dining, recreation, miles of shoreline, and easy access to regional parks and nature areas. San Leandro businesses enjoy multiple advantages including close proximity to the Oakland International Airport and Port of Oakland, two major freeways, two BART stations, and access to a large and well-educated workforce. Through a public-private partnership known as Lit San Leandro (www.LitSanLeandro.com), a fiber optic network circles San Leandro's industrial and commercial core offering businesses virtually unlimited internet connectivity.
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