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October 22, 2012


Filed under: Alameda, Business, Development — Tags: , — Lauren Do @ 6:02 am

Tonight, the Planning Board will be considering a subdivision plan for the old Chipman Terminal site. This was the plan last year for the site, apparently the new plan looks nothing like the old one.

Here was a general vision of what the Chipman portion was going to look like:

The Chipman portion is the one that looks like little Monopoly houses surrounded by trees.   And this is the subdivision plan which will be presented before the Planning Board tonight:

Yes, your eyes do not deceive you, it is a cul-de-sac and a weird system of courts.   While I wasn’t in love with the first Chipman plan, I think it is loads better than this is which is just really odd with these strange courts everywhere in the development which serves an unknown purpose other than to separate houses facing north to south from those going east to west.   And why a cul-de-sac, why not make the street connect to Buena Vista?

Anyway, according to the staff report there will be 89 units, with 38 of those units as duet/duplex units.  Interestingly enough, this area was zone with the multi-family housing overlay, but this project opts to not use the overlay despite the fears of some folk that the multi-family housing overlay would cause chaos and un-Alamedaness everywhere.


  1. Lauren, is the red building to the left in the top picture some sort of retail? it looks like a parking lot ringed by residential.

    Comment by M.I. — October 22, 2012 @ 8:16 am

  2. It was supposed to be retail of some sort, but as you can see it looks like they have abandoned that idea.

    Comment by Lauren Do — October 22, 2012 @ 9:04 am

  3. The new proposal looks like a BIG step backwards for this parcel and I wish I had been able to hear the developers’ “rationale” for violating the goals of the Transportation Master Plan, which calls for a grid system of connecting streets instead of the obsolete BFI-style cul-de-sac design above. Sad to see such a waste of design and planning effort barking so far up the wrong tree…

    Comment by Jon Spangler — October 23, 2012 @ 6:20 pm

  4. To be honest, I actually like the plan better. They didn’t address the old Del Monte building which was terible in the last plan…it was up for sale…and the sale sign is down…does anyone know if it was sold.

    Comment by Joe — October 24, 2012 @ 11:15 am

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