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September 16, 2014

Catellus or neu-Catellus

Filed under: Alameda, Alameda Point, City Council, Development — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

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.

AP sites

Site B is also where there should be little to no residential as it is almost all rezoned some sort of commercial with the hopes that businesses and retail will be the main uses for the area.  From the Staff report:

the RFQ for Site B solicited interest from developers/users interested in developing commercial projects with a focus on a major sales tax generator, such as a premium retail outlet (not a “big box” store) and/or a corporate “build-to-suit” user(s) that generates significant jobs, business-to-business sales tax or other catalytic economic benefits (consistent with the Town Center Waterfront Plan, the rezoning and MIP).

It weird but I’ve seen “retail outlet” used a lot and referencing this particular project and it some how has morphed into “outlets” like an outlet mall.  I read the RFQs a while ago and I don’t recall any developer saying, “hey we’re want to build you an outlet mall.”   I’ll have to check again, particularly for the two that have been selected, but when I read “premium retail outlet” it reads as singular which I read as one anchor store, but maybe staff really meant outlets and were referring to an outlet mall.

Also, are outlet malls a huge tax generator?  I honestly don’t know the answer to this question.

Anyway, the two selected entities are: Catellus and a bunch of people who used to work for Catellus now formed into the Mission Bay Development Group.  It’s really hard to get too excited over any of this until we start getting into real plans and things.



  1. “Premium retail outlet” is what is attached to these places in Livermore, Gilroy, etc. so, if they mean Saks Fifth Avenue, they should say “high end retail” or something else.

    Comment by BMac — September 16, 2014 @ 6:59 am

  2. Alameda Landing looks just like an exit in Livermore, so perhaps that label suits….

    Comment by dave — September 16, 2014 @ 7:17 am

  3. I was wondering about why LBNL was not awarded the contract to build the “super x-ray microscope”. More here =

    Comment by vigi — September 16, 2014 @ 9:35 am

  4. Totally agree with dave. It’s a holdover from pre-2010 leadership, hopefully the last. Luckily, over the past 2-3 years, planning for Alameda has started working on (and approving) urban form and more appropriate design which will ensure that such ubiquitious, anonymous and soulless locations are rarely built.

    Comment by jkw — September 16, 2014 @ 9:52 am

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