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December 4, 2014

Boarding school pass

Filed under: Alameda, Alameda Point, Business, City Council, Development — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

I’m not really sure what to think about this particular project, other than the fact that I believe a lot of people will love it even though there’s no there, there.  And by “there” I mean an actual plan that has any sort of real nut meat to it.   But it will be fun to speculate and gossip about nonetheless.   The Planning Board will get a first look at the non plan on Monday submitted by the Alameda Commercial United.

The “plan” — and I use the term “plan” very loosely — is to maybe perhaps create some sort of international school for K-12 students and some dorms at the site of the old Bachelors’ Enlisted Men’s Quarters.  That or senior housing, maybe, possibly.   The dorms would only be used for kids in junior high and up.

So this is kinda sorta the plan so far:

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Essentially what the Planning Board is being asked to do on Monday night is say, “yes, yes if this were to be senior housing and an International School with dorms then it does comply with the Alameda Point EIR because it’s adaptive reuse.”   That’s it.

So is this at the final stages of approval?  Not at all, things to still be determined are, according to the staff report:

These subsequent approvals will be considered at a later date when the applicant has more information about the specific users and the changes necessary to accommodate the uses in the building and parking areas.  For example, additional exiting doors and ADA ramps may be necessary for particular uses.  Once these changes are identified and designed, staff will be able to evaluate the design changes for consistency with the Secretary of Interior Standards and make a recommendation to the Historical Advisory Board for the Certificate of Approval.   To determine the maximum number of parking spaces permitted and the minimum number of bicycle parking facilities needed, staff needs to know the exact number of square feet to be dedicated to office space, the number of rooms and employees in the assisted living facility, and the number of students and employees in the school.  Conditions of approval on this development plan require that once this information is known, the applicant will return to the Planning Board for Design Review approval at which time the Board will be able to review the changes to the exterior of the building, the final parking lot size and design, the final number and location of the bicycle facilities, and other final design changes to the building and site prior to issuance of a building permit.

But, upside, no market rate housing to wrangle about.   I’m just not sure this is a project that will be financially feasible to make it through till the very end.  I’ll reserve getting too excited about it for when there is an actual plan.



  1. I’m very excited about this type of use at Alameda Point. My granddaughter has a dream of going to a boarding school one day, and as a result we’ve been researching some of the schools in California. There seems to be a big demand for these type of facilities and the ones we visited, we were very impressed – especially the schools that included a music and theater program, and a campus organic garden. I was surprised to learn of the growing demand for international boarding schools – but more importantly the contribution these students make to the community they live in and to each other.

    I’m equally excited about this project being the springboard for development in the Historic District. The project architect has a good track record of designing some great historic projects, and the $20M contribution to the much needed infrastructure in this district will help encourage other re-daptive uses within the Historic District.

    I hope this project moves forward!

    Comment by Karen Bey — December 4, 2014 @ 6:52 am

  2. Not a good place for a boarding school with Spirit Alley right behind it but a damned good place for a senior center with Spirit Alley right behind it and then a small skip and jump to the columbarium…all in one neat package.

    Comment by jack — December 4, 2014 @ 9:45 am

  3. jack, depending on the age group to be served by the boarding school, you have a whole bunch of potential designated drivers that could serve the customers along spirit alley

    Comment by notadave — December 4, 2014 @ 1:36 pm

  4. Designated drivers to which, the spirits or the colum? Anyway, the beauty of the aged in the barracks is they don’t have to drive, the Rock is just a stone’s throw away.

    Comment by jack — December 4, 2014 @ 5:59 pm

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