Here’s a date for you: October 13, 2013. According to a construction update from Catellus that will be the opening date for Target at Alameda Landing. The sidewalk improvements for the Alameda Landing side of Stargell should be finished in August, although no work has commenced just yet on that part of Alameda Landing. It appears that the date to hear more about the retailing strategy for the remainder of Alameda Landing will be April 16 at the City Council. Hopefully they’ll reveal if they have signed any contracts yet and maybe we’ll find out about the grocery store. Those improvements are scheduled to start in the Fall.
As to the residential portion, Tri Pointe homes has been selected and have been actively working on the design for the residential section which went from really bad to pretty good. Design review (meaning this is where you get to bitch about the cookie cutterness of the homes) will happen on May 13 at the Planning Board and if all goes to plan — meaning that nothing is so viciously objectionable — they’ll start vertical development in the Fall as well.
The other big thing will the Planning Board deciding whether or not to endorse the new Alameda Point vision document, here’s the old vision document for reference. It appears that there are a lot more Alameda photos in the new document and they managed to shoe horn one super modern glass commercial building into the mix. Given that the majority of Alameda Point has been slated for commercial development it was surprising that the first version had no visual cue that would be the case.
Look, nothing was really wrong with the first vision document, it was, a “vision.” The problem lay in the fact that the “vision” did not translate into what was in the EIR and how the City had divided everything into huge blocks of uses. Their plan didn’t really fit into what the “vision” document said that they wanted from Alameda. So unless that has changed then the vision document will just be another document that will make everyone feel good about what we think we want for Alameda Point, but will be vastly different than the actual reality.