Housing / Land Use

Dreams of the 400 Block circa 1992

Magazine brings readers back to a time of excitement about redevelopment projects in Hollister.
1992 Hollister City Manager Chris Reyes

An old 1992 copy of San Benito Magazine was uncovered last week, revealing earlier dreams of the 400 Block and redevelopment in downtown Hollister. The article, displayed in an old publication called San Benito Magazine, was written from the perspective of  Hollister’s then Redevelopment Agency Program Manager Chris Reyes. “A New Vision for Downtown Hollister, Restoring the City’s Pride and Prestige” is the title of Reyes’ article.

San Benito Magazine was a glossy publication printed for several years in the early 1990s. Previous city plans came back into view last week when the Del Curto office discovered a copy of the magazine. Entitled “A New Vision for Downtown Hollister,” the article featured the 400 block built out and showed photos of the Granada Theater, currently under renovation.

Published over 25 years ago, the magazine article captures one era in the long history of the intersection of Fourth and San Benito Streets. Illustrations show ideas Reyes had for the embattled major intersection and suggestions for inexpensively sprucing up older buildings in downtown Hollister.

Del Curto Construction was also mentioned in that particular magazine edition. The Del Curto group is involved in the current redevelopment project under discussion, proposing a multi-unit condominium project for the western portion of the 400 Block in Hollister.

A public meeting on the project and the proposed Community Foundation for San Benito County building will be held at Hollister City Hall on Monday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. 


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Leslie David

Leslie David is a Bay Area independent reporter/producer and is a BenitoLink founding board member. She has produced for radio, television, newspaper and magazines in both California and Wyoming. She was with KRON-TV News in San Francisco as camera-woman, editor and field producer, where she won the Commonwealth Club's Thomas Storke Award with Linda Yee for their series on the Aids Epidemic. She started as a small market news reporter shooting her own 16mm film at KEYT-TV Santa Barbara. Leslie lives on a ranch with her family in San Benito County.