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October 3, 2013

Bits and pieces, development-y stuff

Filed under: Alameda, Alameda Landing, Development, Northern Waterfront — Lauren Do @ 6:03 am

Big news, Lennar just purchased the Chipman Terminals lot from the developer that worked so hard to entitle the property last year.  From the San Francisco Business Times:

The site was recently picked up by homebuilder Lennar, which plans to build 89 homes on the 7.2-acre plot at 1551 Buena Vista Ave.

Lennar bought the site for $17 million from Trident Partners, which spent close to a decade entitling the site for 52 single family homes and a 37-unit condo building and finally bought the property in January 2013.

This, of course, is the cleanest and most straightforward of the three properties that used to be owned by Peter Wang.  I believe Peter Wang only owns the Del Monte building now after years and years for trying to develop the three properties into something.

In more development related stuff, a new Day Spa recently went before the Zoning Administrator for approval, if successful it will be on the second floor of the building in which Pacific Pinball is housed.

And word is although there is no lease yet, I know that Pacific Pinball is working with the City to try to come to some sort of agreement on the Carnegie Building.  Problem is that when I asked the City via email about this I was told to call someone about it.  Did I ever tell you guys that I don’t make phone calls?   Yeah, I don’t.   I mean sometimes something is so big I will reluctantly break this rule and make a call, but in general no calls, no face to face meetings.   Probably because I’m lazy and antisocial.   Mostly because I’m lazy.

Anyway, nothing is in writing yet, but Pacific Pinball has been hinting at it on their Facebook page and I know the City is interested in actually having the Carnegie be something useful and what a perfect solution that could be, right?

A new Pho and Crawfish restaurant is coming to the old Travelodge Inn restaurant space, you know where the old buffet used to be?   Cue someone complaining about there being too many Asian restaurants in Alameda.

At tonight’s Historic Advisory Board, Ed Hirschberg of the suing the School District fame is asking for permission to put up a stairwell on the back of his building because, well…because look:

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I mean that’s some pretty janky stuff right there.

And finally, Target is going to be making their targeted opening date and even better.   Looks like they will be hitting an October 9th opening date instead of the October 13th that is on their signage.   If you haven’t been around the Alameda Landing site lately there has been a flurry of work with new traffic signals and re-striped lanes.   The Mariner Square Loop entrance is particularly jarring because where it used to be these huge fences where only huge trucks would pass through now you can see straight down the street to the backside of Target.


  1. FYI for the “not another Asian” restaurant crowd. Mama Papa Lithuania has its grand opening today. I stopped by Tuesday for lunch (2nd day of soft opening) and was really impressed. I’ll be doing my review for The Alamedan on this one. It’s in the location of the old Woori Market on Park Street.

    Comment by Denise Shelton — October 3, 2013 @ 7:37 am

  2. I agree, too many Asian places….love Burma and some others are okay, but how about some diversity?

    Comment by MM — October 3, 2013 @ 8:19 am

  3. 2. See comment 1!

    Comment by Denise Shelton — October 3, 2013 @ 8:23 am

  4. We don’t have too many Asian places. We have too many lousy Asian places.

    Comment by dave — October 3, 2013 @ 8:24 am

  5. lousy, or not, you prefer empty store fronts? If people spend money in places which keeps them open, what does that say? Be grateful for the industrious immigrants who risk their savings to launch a business and end up keep store fronts from being empty. On two block stretch of Park from Encinal to Central there are 3 great Asian restaurants ( and a couple other decent and popular eateries), that’s 3 more than when I moved here.

    Comment by MI — October 3, 2013 @ 9:13 am

  6. I, for one, think we have too many North American restaurants.

    Comment by alexstar — October 3, 2013 @ 9:18 am

  7. Lithuania is Asian? On whose map? Maybe their eyes are a bit slanted, but last I looked, Lithuania was one of the Baltic States. That’s in Europe, yo.

    Comment by vigi — October 3, 2013 @ 9:23 am

  8. vigi – it would be great if you could comprehend blog comments as well as maps. Denise was pointing out there there is at least one non-asian cuisine restaurant opening up.

    Comment by notadave — October 3, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

  9. It’s pretty naive to think that your typical Alamedan (e.g., vigi) is going to let “being confused” get in the way of an opportunity to righteously tell someone else they are wrong.

    Comment by brock — October 3, 2013 @ 8:04 pm

  10. O.K. Lauren, on CUE, I think there are to many Asian places in Alameda, what we really need are far more Pizza places here in Alameda. John Pizzalia.

    Comment by John P. (L) — October 4, 2013 @ 9:07 am

  11. Between Park Street, South Shore Shopping Center and Alameda Point – I would like to see these restaurants come to Alameda:

    Beach Chalet & Brewery
    Il Fornaio Restaurant
    Gordon Biersch Brewery
    Max’s Restaurant
    Cheesecake Factory
    PF Changs
    Barneys Burgers
    Zachary’s Pizza
    Noah’s Bagels

    There are others — but it would be nice to have these in the mix.

    Comment by Karen Bey — October 4, 2013 @ 9:53 am

  12. great Karen, I’ll take those and many more.

    Comment by John P. (L) — October 4, 2013 @ 4:56 pm

  13. What we want and what the market and demographics in Alameda will support (i.e. with their wallets) may not be the same. Restaurants, whether they serve pizza, burgers, dim sum or burritos, will survive if they have a consistent customer following. Just ask Cellar Door (formerly known as Angelas).

    Comment by BarbaraK — October 4, 2013 @ 4:58 pm

  14. the old Noah’s Bagel location at South Shore is still vacant. They left during remodel. What is up with that? It was very popular business, right next to Starbucks

    Comment by MI — October 4, 2013 @ 5:11 pm

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