A thumbnail version of Alameda Point can only mean one thing, for those that didn’t catch the announcement on Stop, Drop and Roll on Monday, or the analysis on The Islandyesterday: SunCal has released its Development Concept Plan for Alameda Point. As an added bonus, you can check out their Master Plan for the proposed Sports Complex (big PDF, you’ve been warned) as well. Because most people are going to be too “busy” to read the entire 132 page document (it’s a little less than that because there are some blank pages) I decided to cut right to the chase and post the pictures, because honestly, that’s all most people really care about. You can click on the graphic to enlarge it or you can check out the real version in the packet on page 41 of the reader. The legend is below so you can understand what the different shading represents.
For those that want to know how it breaks down, SunCal is proposing:
LAND USE SUMMARY
Residential 158 acres
Commercial/Retail 160 acres
Open Space 151 acres
Total Land Area 696 acres
Retail Space 375,000 SF
Commercial Space 3,425,000 SF
Total Retail/Commercial Space 3,800,000 SF
Jobs Created 10,200
Affordable Housing Units 1,068
Total Housing Units 4,210
Did I need to mention that this plan is non-Measure A compliant? SunCal devotes an entire page (p. 18 on the reader) talking about why it is they think Measure A is not necessarily appropriate (or needed) at Alameda Point, highlights and cue the cries of “Measure A was never about saving Victorians!”:
…We question the rational and appropriateness of Measure A in the specific context of Alameda Pt. and propose that an exception be made just for development at the old Navy base…First, the Base is not an existing residential neighborhood that has an established residential scale that needs to be preserved. In fact, the scale of many of the existing buildings at the base is quiet large. Creating an integrated mixed-use area will need a range residential buildings that can relate both to single family buildings and large hangers. Second, the residential reuse of several of the key historic buildings would be eliminated by Measure A…Third, the ability to cluster higher density development at the ferry and transit hub is prohibited. As the Base redevelopment and the city invests more in transit service, it is critical that Transit Oriented Development (TOD) accompanies the increased service. That means higher densities near transit. Finally, with the limits of Measure A the site would not develop enough overall housing to support local retail and services of any consequence. Providing a robust retail and service area is key to creating a walkable neighborhood, one not dependent on auto trips to off site shops…
…[H]ousing types must be reflective of the population’s changing and diverse lifestyles. Multifamily housing, townhomes, condominiums or apartments, provides an affordable and appropriate alternative to large single-family home for many people.
The capacity of Measure A to preserve existing single-family neighborhoods has been proven. Its capacity to meet the environmental and social opportunities of the special case of Alameda Pt. is a question. An exception to the measure, limited only to Alameda Point, would not threaten existing neighborhoods or their architectural character, but could provide much needed transit-oriented development for the island and for the Bay Area.
One of the things that jumped out to me looking at this new plan is that it is pretty much the same as the one that was presented at the Hornet meeting except they have moved the elementary school site from the western edge of the project to the area around where the Big Whites are, which makes a lot more sense then its previous location. Also, SunCal has appeared to add more commercial around the “Historic Core” and made the housing around that commercial site more dense, while adding more single family housing to the what is being called the “South Neighborhood” while removing some of the acreage from the area alloted for the commercial campus.
This overview (p. 53 on the reader, p. 47 of the document) provides a good idea of what SunCal is attempting to accomplish for Alameda Point, highlights:
The Master Plan will create a series of distinct urban districts and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods…The core mixed-use district forms a gateway to the development, with access to the new ferry terminal and key retail oriented towards its dock. It is dense, mixed-use, and a truly transit-oriented district. The historic district preserves most of the north side of the site, including the Big Whites, and extends down to the new ‘Marina Park’. The range of uses, residential, commercial and civic, will make this area an eclectic yet memorable zone…
Integrated with these two focal districts are a series of neighborhoods connected by radial boulevards and local parks. The north neighborhood..will contain a full range of ownership housing types, from single family to townhouse, and will total 188 single-family detached homes, 266 duplex/large townhouses, 621 small townhouses and 436 workforce housing units. The west neighborhood is more mixed in use and density. It will feature a 20-acre commercial area, along with 862 small townhouses and 201 multifamily units. The area fronting the Marina Park will have ground floor retail, cafes, and restaurants and the commercial area will also allow retail and service uses. A third, south neighborhood is a single family area of 213 dwelling units. It will include a potential 17-acre school expansion site adjacent to Encinal High School.
…The historic piers at the south of Seaplane Lagoon will be reused and the adjacent land, which is within the Tidelands Trust, will be developed with non-residential water oriented uses. A pleasure boat marina with several hundred berths will be developed on the opposite side of the lagoon and will have landside support facilities along with a potential hotel and restaurants. Key to the jobs/housing balance of the site is a large commercial site appropriate for a new corporate campus located just to the south of the core mixed use area and its abundant transit services… Lining the site’s western limit is a special buffer zone, designated alongside the National Wildlife Refuge, which will feature rehabilitated hangers and new commercial development. These buildings will be built under strict environmental constrains regarding their height and footprint…
Lots more to talk about, such as Historic reuse and transportation issues, but that is another post for another day.