A few bits and pieces for the weekend. Yesterday City Manager John Russo tweeted this news:
City of Alameda gets letter of intent from Target. Great score considering the tough economy!—
John Russo (@John_A_Russo) October 06, 2011
Yes, apparently even though there is a new Target in fairly close proximity to Alameda that has recently opened in Emeryville/Oakland, Target is still interested in opening up a store in Alameda. Go figure. Which can only mean one thing: Alamedans shop at Target a lot.
The last proposed site of the Alameda Target was for Alameda Landing, so I am assuming that remains the location of choice for Target. Or, perhaps now that Alameda Point will be handed over to the City, they might be eyeing some Alameda Point parcels instead. Although my only Target request, please have those lockable wheel thingies on the carts. Thanks!
Also in more City development news even though the Boatworks property has moved forward on City approvals, it’s not fast enough. A Press Release went out yesterday with the information that the Boatworks property has been declared a public nuisance due to its blighted condition. The appeal of the decision was denied on September 23rd and the owner of Boatworks will have 90 days to demolish the buildings and clean up the site.
According to the press release, the independent hearing officer who denied the appeal ruled:
“All buildings have been neglected, are dilapidated and deteriorated, and one is fire-damaged. All buildings are damaged to a point that partial or complete collapse is possible. Structural building components are listing, charred, deteriorated and are not capable of safely supporting all nominal loads and load effects and in some cases are altogether missing. The property and buildings are obviously being entered by vandals and vagrants for the purpose of committing nuisances, unlawful acts or harborage. The site has also become an attractive nuisance to children who might play in the buildings to their danger. Any efforts to repair the buildings on the property would be unreasonable.”
In other interesting news, the Alameda Hospital Board will consider at its October 10th meeting to sublease the Waters Edge Skilled Nursing Facility. Scroll to the end-ish of the packet for the information on this item. According to the projected financial sheets, if everything goes to plan, subleasing this skilled nursing facility will bring the Hospital District $1.6 million in the first year and $2.5 million in the second year. Not too shabby. Of course someone out there will have some reason as to why Alameda Hospital shouldn’t be in the skilled nursing businesses, I’m sure it’s just a matter of time.