After the Planning Board agenda was released last week, I tweeted this:
In the vein of the Pinball Museum on Webster Street, Park Street will be hosting its own classic museum with a fun twist. High Scores Interactive Arcade Museum originally based in Burlington, NJ is looking to make Alameda its home in the old Park Street Jewelers location and the Little Psychic Shop at 1414 Park Street.
According to their Facebook page, they are looking to open in early July.
Last year the state legislature signed into law the California Homemade Food Act which essentially allows people to make food stuffs in their home kitchens and legally sell them. This is also known as “Cottage Food Operations”. Before you freak out about salmonella or anything like that there are limitations on the types of foods you can make it your home, such as:
- Baked goods without cream, custard, or meat fillings,such as breads, biscuits, churros, cookies, pastries, and tortillas
- Candy, such as brittle and toffee
- Chocolate-covered nonperishable foods, such as nuts and dried fruit
- Dried fruit
- Dried pasta
- Dry baking mixes
- Fruit pies,fruit empanadas, and fruit tamales
- Granola, cereals, and trail mixes
- Herb blends and dried mole paste
- Honey and sweet sorghum syrup
- Jams, jellies, preserves, and fruit butter that comply with the standard described in Part 150 of Title 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations.
- Nut mixes and nut butters
- Vinegar and mustard
- Roasted coffee and dried tea
- Waffle cones and pizzelles
Tonight on the City Council agenda will be a public hearing for Alameda regarding the draft One Bay Area/Plan Bay Area/whatever plan. For those that are unsure of what the One Bay Area plan is, here’s a synopsis from KQED:
[B]y 2040, the Bay Area must cut its greenhouse gas emission by 15 percent. It’s part of SB 375, a state law requiring local communities to help meet California’s climate change goals through land use and transit planning.
The Bay Area’s effort is being coordinated with Plan Bay Area, a region wide development plan being put together by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC).
What a difference a shift in names makes. Tonight the Planning Board will be discussing the planning concepts for the Waterfront District for Alameda Point. This is the piece of land that is around the Seaplane Lagoon and the hope is that this particular development will be what drives the rest of the development of Alameda Point because it will be so awesome. I never really liked the Alameda Point “Vision” guide because it seemed so limited in how they named the large subareas, but now that the subareas have been renamed to be a lot more permissive of what can actually go in to those subareas it makes a whole lot of difference:
So with little fanfare but is definitely a BIG DEAL, the first conveyance of Alameda Point happened last Tuesday and the City Council was positively giddy with the excitement of the whole thing. It’s hard to get too excited since it’s just a bunch of pieces of paper right now, but the forward progress on the Alameda Point Vision document — I’ll write about that next week — will probably go a long way toward building more excitement for the Alameda Point project.
In more tangible news, Mayor Marie Gilmore announced on Tuesday night that a bunch of businesses have signed letters of intent for Alameda Landing. The City later put out a press release about this but the businesses are: the Corner Bakery, Michael’s Arts and Crafts, Habit Burger Grill, and Sleep Train.
Yes, more burgers people. Apparently Alameda has an insatiable need for burgers that burger company after burger company is looking to fill.
Tomorrow the City Council will vote to authorize the City Manage to accept conveyance of Phase 1 of Alameda Point from the Navy to the City of Alameda.
If you scroll to the second to the last agenda item there is a huge list (which I have not opened all of them, I’ll be completely honest) of all the documents that come as part and parcel of conveyance including detailed information about each parcel.
But for those that are more visual, here is a map. the light blue are the parts that would be conveyed.
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.
So you all aren’t taking the ferry to South San Francisco are you?
A recent report revealed that the ferry service from Alameda/Oakland to South San Francisco has been pretty dismal. But then again, are we really surprised? The problem with the Oyster Point terminal is that it’s smack in the middle of nowhere, unlike the Ferry Terminal in San Francisco which branches out to a multitude of workplaces and public transportation options so that after you get to the terminal you can actually get to your workplace instead of saying, “now what?”
Excerpts from a San Francisco Examiner article:
The Peninsula-East Bay service that was launched with much fanfare in June has fallen far short of expectations. For the last week of February, the service averaged only 131 daily boardings — barely one-third of the projected ridership.
Quickly, the Teacher’s Union voted for the tentative agreement yesterday so that means the only thing keeping AUSD from having an executed contract is the vote by the School Board next week. Yay!
I don’t know if you all have been tracking the Target construction, but today, according to Catellus, they will be starting their wall panel lift, which essentially means what it sounds like. The walls will be going into place so you can start to see what the actual building will look like. The work is supposed to take place over five days so if you don’t catch it on Friday this weekend will be a great time to see some serious construction take place.
Oh, I also forgot to mention that in the marketing brochure for Alameda Landing it noted that the other buildings were slated to open in early 2014.
For those that didn’t look at the brochure here are proposed elevations — not yet approved — but what Catellus is envisioning for the other storefronts.
Anyone got a time turner? [Harry Potter reference] because Thursday will be a doozy of an evening for meetings of interest. First up, VA will be holding its meeting about the VA clinic and columbarium at the USS Hornet. I suppose you could hit up the meeting at 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. to go to the others in the PM, but that assumes that you don’t go to work in the AM and therefore have those afternoon hours free. So 6:00 – 8:00 you could opt to go to the Hornet to put in your comments about the proposed VA clinic.
However, given how far long those plans are and honestly, who really believes that anything that they are going to say is honestly going to change the plan. Really now.
So might I suggest that your efforts might be better spent at another meeting: the Beltline recommendations will be seen and discussed for the very first time before the Recreation and Park Commission, 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.