So the Navy is moving forward with the disposal of the North Housing Parcel and has released (or released a while ago, I have just gotten around to posting it) the Environmental Assessment of their proposed reuse of the site. See the above photo for the location, and before you ask, the site is about 42 acres. Right now there are currently 282 three or four bedroom units on the site, along with the big Estuary Park parcel, but the current Community Reuse plan has designated that parcel as supporting 437 housing units. Parcel 2A on the map is not included in the disposal according to the maps in the EA.
Basically, the Navy has a Plan A and a Plan B. Plan B is to do nothing.
Plan A includes the homeless benefit conveyance requests, which are:
- 90 units of permanent supportive housing which would be service-enriched (generally the services would include like child care, job training, whatever is the need greatest for the target community) This is a reduction from the initial joint proposal by the Alameda Housing Authority, Alameda Point Collaborative, and Building Futures for Women and Children which was a total of 120 PSH units because of the recommendation by the Evaluation Committee which noted that the market-rate units would be required to build inclusionary housing units.
- 32 units of below market units for sale which would be rehabbed by Habitat for Humanity using their sweat equity model, they will be receiving their units as part of the Public Benefit Conveyance by attaching the project through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
- 8 acres of open space will go to the Alameda Recreation and Parks Department and this may be the location where the Miracle League field — promised so many years ago by Catellus to be included as part of the Alameda Landing project — might go as there is an existing baseball field out there that might be rehabilitated for the Miracle Leagues purposes. On the Miracle League’s dime, I would assume. Quick digression, as part of that old post about Alameda Landing, that was Former Councilmember Tony Daysog’s last meeting and he mentioned that Kohl’s would be a good business to bring to Alameda. Prescient.
- 315 units to be developed by private developer (this is the land that will be auctioned off to the highest bidder). There is a requirement that 25% of the units be affordable/below market rate because of our inclusionary housing policy. Anything other than housing would require a change in zoning since the majority of the plot is zoned R-4.
You have until August 14 to read through the entire document and make comments.
Here is an interesting video by the self-styled “Alameda Bike Posse” of the North Housing parcel who noted that the area appeared to be:
…the future site of the zombie apocalypse.