Map is included in city and VA agreement.
The proposed 147-acre regional park at Alameda Point has disappeared from the map in the city’s environmental review documents. It used to appear in the “open space” area on the Northwest Territories. Now it looks like out of the city’s 878 acres at Alameda Point, all we’re going to get is one 20-acre park (Enterprise Park) near the USS Hornet. Continue reading
Many Alamedans have been asking the city council to remove the residential zoning from the federal parcel near Crab Cove. On October 10, our own Recreation and Parks Commission decided to send a letter to the city council requesting the same.
In 2008, voters overwhelmingly approved funding for parkland expansion on this 3.89-acre parcel. But the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) by law can only pay the appraised value and thus was outbid by Tim Lewis Communities LLC at the public auction. Soon thereafter, the city granted Tim Lewis’s application to rezone the property to residential.
Below are points that have been made by city officials, followed by counterpoints. Continue reading
Alameda has a new housing developer, but something in the air seems SunCal-ish.
Tim Lewis Communities, a developer based out of Roseville near Sacramento, wants to build houses near Crab Cove and is claiming to be on the community’s side. Their commentary (Developer Hopes to Remedy Problems, 8/22/13), however, evokes memories of SunCal—the Alameda Point developer that was drummed out of town following a resounding defeat of their ballot measure because it didn’t have the city’s best interest at heart.
First comes the spin, then the lies, and next the court system to try and get their way. The only difference is that in 2008 we voted to pass Measure WW, which called for parkland expansion near Crab Cove and the money to secure it. Continue reading
Outrageous! The federal General Services Administration (GSA) was not only self-serving when it decided to auction surplus property near Crab Cove, it now plans to seize the state-owned street there for the benefit of a private housing developer. This is the same agency that was investigated by Congress last year for wasting taxpayer money and escaping oversight.
GSA should practice discernment and respect the local and regional community and its desire for expanding Crown Beach. Continue reading
“That is not logical, Captain,” Mr. Spock would often say on the Star Trek television series. Can’t the same be said for putting housing on bay-front property that the East Bay Regional Park District needs for expansion of state park facilities?
Granted, if the 48 new single-family homes proposed to be built next to Crab Cove are constructed, the new homeowners will enjoy their special waterfront houses and the developer will get a good return on his investment. But please. What does the region or the residents of Alameda get from this project that can’t be accomplished at nearby Alameda Point? Once the opportunity for expanding this parkland is gone, it’s gone forever. Continue reading
It’s time to unite east and west Alameda!
After two decades of environmental cleanup and planning, most of Alameda Point now belongs to the city. On June 4, the Navy finally gave the city 1,400 acres—the first and largest of four land transfers. Let’s remove some of the visual cues that say “abandoned military base.”
For starters, let’s forgo the typical ribbon-cutting ceremony. Instead, let the dignitaries, Navy reps, staff, and residents jointly push over a section of the unwelcoming barrier. After all, it’s the one part of the community reuse plan—“seamless integration”—we can implement on Day One. It’s also a photo opportunity that would resonate in the region. Continue reading
“This is your community, and we want to hear your comments!” a Department of Veterans Affairs representative told the audience at the recent public meeting about the VA’s clinic and columbarium project aboard the USS Hornet. “We will be your neighbor, and we care about what you say.”
Uh? For a few years now, our city leaders have been telling us we don’t have any say about what happens on the federal land at Alameda Point. Recently, they ironically repeated this mantra while approving the VA’s “term sheet” and changing the city’s boundaries to accommodate the VA.
Come on. Either we have a say, or we don’t. Continue reading
Promising news! Amidst the flurry of environmental review activity focused on developing Alameda Point, there’s a renewed effort for conserving wildlife habitat there.
Councilmembers Stewart Chen and Tony Daysog have co-sponsored a resolution affirming the City of Alameda’s support for the creation of a Nature Reserve at the Point.
The resolution highlights the history of plans for a wildlife refuge and calls for a conservation zoning designation on the 511-acre federal runway area adjacent to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) future outpatient clinic and columbarium. Continue reading
The clock is ticking. March 1 is the deadline for the public to identify the environmental questions that should be answered and the alternatives that should be analyzed in the environmental impact report for Alameda Point. I have a question.
The environmental review process for Alameda Point has begun. Attached to the city’s notice of preparation, the proposed zoning map shows a couple of disturbing changes. The city has redrawn boundaries and changed a land-use designation.