During the whole discussion over the North Loop/Mif Albright land swap I pointed out that I really have nothing against Ron Cowan and his Harbor Bay Isle development group. I know a lot of people equate Ron Cowan with all that is horrid and evil in Alameda, but I’m pretty “meh” to him. I actually pointed out during the whole discussion that Mr. Cowan has other parcels, such as the Harbor Bay Club, if he really wanted to develop the remaining units that he is technically entitled to build with the great big caveat that he needs some actual land to do it.
I honestly thought that he’d sort of be “done” once the Mif Albright deal fell through, turns out, not so much. As mentioned by one of the guest bloggers, he’s proposing building a brand spanky new Harbor Bay Club at the North Loop site and then putting units at the old Harbor Bay Club. Certainly he is not presenting new-HBC as anything more than his attempts at providing an awesome new shiny facility, but in the end this is really about getting as many houses and therefore as much money out of the old Development Agreement with the City.
When I first heard about the project, I scoffed. Big time.
But I’ll admit that I softened a bit when I saw the renderings, you all know that I’m a sucker for renderings:
Look at it! Kid’s splash zone, tennis courts, swimming pools, movie stars…oh wait, that’s something else.
But given that I don’t actually go to Harbor Bay Club, I didn’t realize what this is missing:
Which apparently is a crap load of tennis courts. I guess pools are a new priority because there is a lot more water than before.
Of course once I got over my adoration for all things rendering, I remembered this video that was produced for the Youth Sports Complex overdubbed with what that area would really sound like, just pretend you are looking at New-HBC above: