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June 19, 2014

Landing leasing

Filed under: Alameda, Alameda Landing, Business, Development — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

In case you don’t drive in and around the West End, you may not know that active construction is now taking place at the In N Out/Chase Bank/Safeway gas site.   At the last Planning Board meeting, staff noted that CalTrans had finally approved the crosswalk at Stargell and Webster.

According to a press release sent out by the City yesterday, In N Out is slated to be completed by the end of the year and both Safeway and Michaels are due to be completed by October.  Looks like they are on the same timeline that Target was, just a year later.

In addition to the known retailers that have already committed: The Habit Burger Grill and Sleep Train — although the press release did not mention Corner Street Bakery and Which Wich which (heh) were also on the initial list of retailers, maybe it means that they both are out — two new retailers have been added to the list: Unleashed by Petco and Famous Dave’s BBQ.

Here’s an updated site plan:



One retailer that is in the leasing packet but not in the press release is Sprint.

I’m pretty excited about the BBQ place because Alameda currently has no BBQ restaurants on the island.  South Shore is supposedly getting one, but I’m not sure when it will actually open.  The reviews are rather meh for Famous Dave’s in Hayward so I’m not counting on it being great, just convenient.

Speaking of South Shore, that shopping center is continuing down the kid friendly road and opening a Studio Grow near Daiso.  Studio Grow for those without little ones is an indoor play space for kids under 5 where essentially they can make a mess someplace that is not your house.


  1. Glad to see Alameda Landing leasing up and Safeway will be open by October. And I’m looking forward to seeing what they do on the waterfront!

    Comment by Karen Bey — June 19, 2014 @ 6:39 am

  2. Looks to me like Famous Dave’s reviews are less than “meh.” Lauren, you must have had some Kansas City-style BBQ back in your Kansas days. I don’t know if that spoiled you for good like it spoiled me, but it’s hard to get excited about a BBQ place with poor reviews even by California’s extremely forgiving BBQ standards.

    Comment by Oh the Irony! — June 19, 2014 @ 10:32 am

  3. What bad reviews?

    Comment by vigi — June 19, 2014 @ 11:28 am

  4. I don’t understand the obsession with burger joints in Alameda. I love a good burger but enough is enough. I was hoping for something like Pluto’s or Asqew Grill, a family place where you can get good variety of healthy, delicious and reasonably-priced options besides just meat. Regarding BBQ: haven’t there been a few restaurants that have come and gone, including one on Webster not too long ago? Not sure why a mediocre chain BBQ will do any better.

    Comment by AJ — June 19, 2014 @ 1:02 pm

  5. These are a little closer to us, vigi:

    Decidedly worse than the one in Long Beach (And seriously, you’re going to trust BBQ reviews from Long Beach?) One closer to the BBQ Mecca gets even worse reviews.

    Comment by Oh the Irony! — June 19, 2014 @ 1:49 pm

  6. On a different but interesting and timely topic

    Comment by A Neighbor — June 19, 2014 @ 6:36 pm

  7. I think we will regret losing her. But now maybe we can get a bond on the ballot and passed.

    Comment by JJ — June 19, 2014 @ 7:01 pm

  8. 7: Kirsten Vital’s departure asAUSD Superintendent would seem to be the “missing link” between a 3-2 vote and a 4-1 or 5-0 vote by the AUSD Board of Trustees to support a new facilities bond issue. I hope that Kahn and Spencer will keep the actual needs of AUSD students, teachers, and parents for updated, adequate facilities in mind as they consider the bond issue again next Tuesday.

    Whatever the application process, screening, or priorities the school board and the community want for or in a new super, it’s time to upgrade and renovator our historic and outdated school physical plants–including lots of solar panels for hot water and electricity generation as well as other “green” elements to conserve resources and reduce AUSD’s carbon footprint. (I support the local effort to grow AUSD’s solar footprint, and, along with many other Alamedans, have advocated this “green conversion” for over a decade.)

    The news story in Thursday’s 6/19 Alameda Sun (not yet available online as of 7 AM Friday, 6/20) indicates that trustees Kahn and Spencer are unwilling to “trust” Kirsten Vital with the money that the board, in fact, controls. The school board, though, is not beholden to the superintendent of schools, who works for them (and for us).

    If the school board members will just take responsibility, do their jobs, and lead the community by working together for the common good, we’ll be just fine. I invite *all* of our school trustees to step up and take their proper responsibility for renovating our schools: it is long overdue.

    Comment by Jon Spangler — June 20, 2014 @ 7:12 am

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