This comment is a really good one about the sad state of Alameda’s transit planning:
That said, and turning to serious objections, the transit planning could be a lot more ambitious and thought of at the city level. Emeryville set up its shuttle system. The aim should be to get existing residents, not just new ones, out of their cars and onto buses, bikes and ferries. It’s very doable. And you don’t need to get too many to have a big effect of traffic at peak times: the effect of the marginal driver is greater than that of the earlier one.
Right now, we are relying, heavily, on grants and new developments to fund alternatives to AC Transit to get folks in select areas on the West End through the tube to get to Bart. Perhaps, if residents would like an Emery-Go-Around type public transportation option we should encourage existing retail corridors and shopping centers to put money into a pool along with these sub areas to create a Alameda-Go-Round that would be free (or have a small surcharge) for Alameda residents in general.
Tonight there is an Open House to meet the developers that have been selected to start the process of possibly being able to actual start developing something at Alameda Point. You’ll be able to meet the finalists for Site A and Site B. The meeting will be at the Alameda Main Library (which according to #2 son smells like a hotel, I believe this was phrased as a compliment) and starts at 5:30 p.m. and will end at 8:30 p.m. There will probably just be informal tables and such so you’ll be safe coming in during those hours to relentlessly grill the developers if you wish.
The City Council is slated to be there because the City send out one of those special meeting notices when the City Council is going to all be in the same room together so you know what that means. That’s right: all the other candidates running for office will also be there, so expect to see the folks running for office pressing the flesh and acting like they have some clue about what the heck is going on. Essentially this will turn into some pseudo-campaigning event, fun?
Refresher map of the location:
Also on the Transportation Commission agenda tonight (in addition to the Del Monte Transportation Demand Management plan) is the Cross Alameda Trail aka that strip of land that borders Appezatto Parkway that has been sitting there for years and being, mainly, used as a parking lot.
For a kick, this is why no one is ever 100% happy with ANY project in Alameda, even one that should be relatively straight forward like building a trail that is open space and super low impact. In the compilation of the public comments about the plan here’s the section on benches:
The City Council tonight will decide if they want to move forward with staff recommended “Preferred” developers from the submissions solicited months ago for site B at Alameda Point. Site B is also know as the site near the one that would have been offered to the Berkeley Labs if they had selected Alameda. Speaking of which, I’m not sure what the status of the Richmond location is at this point. The last article I read about it in 2013 was something along of the lines of the funding being uncertain. So maybe Alameda did luck out in not getting selected if the whole LBNL project is in indefinite limbo at this point.
As a refresher, this is where site B is.
Speaking of Alameda Point remember those RFQs the the city asked for and remember all the companies that were reported to have submitted proposals? So I have copies of the requests and they really vary in quality and fanciness depending on the company submitting.
I wanted to highlight a few proposals at a time starting from the most straightforward ones to ones that are a little more vague. Here’s one that I think has a lot of short term potential, this is a submission for site B. Just to remind you here are the two sites:
The one big thing on the Planning Board’s agenda tonight (other than voting in new officers) is the Estuary Park conceptual design. Estuary Park for those that may not be familiar with it can be found here:
It’s parcel 1A in yellow. Yes I realize that Rosenblum is moving and Island High no longer exists at Miller School but this was a map I created in 2008.
As promised a post dedicated to the Alameda United Commercial Exclusive Negotiation Agreement with the City of Alameda.
Unlike the Closed Session agenda items with Charles Company which spanned for months and months and finally ended without anyone in the public ever finding out what the Charles Co was interested in or what they were proposing, AUC has made significant progress on negotiations that we are actually seeing something in the open session agenda about their possible plans.
The first buildings that they are interested in are the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters which I had guessed would be turned into a boarding school with dorms or something. Turns out they are proposing, according to the staff report:
a combination of assisted senior living, independent senior living, student housing, and office space consistent with the ZA and MIP
Yesterday the San Francisco Business Times had a piece on the developers vying for a piece of Alameda Point after the City released an RFQ for the Town Center/Neighborhood Center/Waterfront/whatever portion of Alameda Point as well as the commercial campus space sort of below the town center parcel. Some familiar names have popped up and some early disqualifications already as well. From the piece:
On the City Council’s for Tuesday there was this hint of something big on the Closed Session calendar:
CONFERENCE WITH REAL PROPERTY NEGOTIATORS (54956.8)
PROPERTY: Bachelor Enlisted Quarters and Portion of Seaplane Lagoon Taxiway, Alameda Point
CITY NEGOTIATOR: John Russo, City Manager
ORGANIZATIONS REPRESENTED: Alameda Commercial United, LLC and Salvatore Caruso Design Corporation
ISSUE UNDER NEGOTIATION: Real Property Negotiations Price and Terms of Payment
See that, some one is actually interested in the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (located around here) but also there’s a portion of the seaplane lagoon taxiway — a bit far from where the BEQs are located — on the negotiation table.
Now “Alameda Commercial United, LLC” is kind of a generic name. You know one of those generic LLC names created specifically for development jobs. So a traditional Google search was going to turn up empty for anything about this particular company.
Looks like the entry signs for Alameda Point got a fresh new design but it’s not a whole lot better. It has a very Disneyland land feel with the super saturated colors and the mix of materials. But if it’s a question of selecting between this new sign and the old one, this one is a whole lot better
And the close up shot with shadow hipster for reference: