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January 19, 2015

Who’s down with APP

Filed under: Alameda, Alameda Point, City Council, Development — Lauren Do @ 6:09 am

I really really want to write about the applicants for the School Board opening, but there’s so much going on at the City Council, I must wait.  But if you want a sneak peek, the applications have all been uploaded here.  I know I was snarky about the fact that there’s not even 20 people that show up for most School Board meetings, I have to say that there are a lot of amazing choices.  The School Board will have a tough time making a decision, but only because there are some great candidates.

Anyway, one big item on the City Council agenda is the first look at the development concept for Site A at Alameda Point.  To rewind, outgoing City Council went ahead and selected Alameda Point Partners as the preferred developer for Site A, which is the waterfront-ish section.  Alameda Point Partners performed brilliantly at the City Council meeting and presented a model for any developer moving forward on how to turn out support for your cause.

Now APP has brought the “initial development concept” forward, and I have to say, this Joe Ernst dude is super wily.  Let me show you what I mean.  Just take a look at this illustrative site plan:



So he’s gotten away from calling the area the “Town Center” which seemed to annoy people to no end.  He’s divided up the areas into the “Waterfront PARK District” and the “Urban PARK District” and the “Neighborhood PARK District” see where I’m going with this?  I mean how many people are going to say, “man I hate that Neighborhood Park District” without people looking askance at you?  No one hate parks, it’s written somewhere in the Alameda by laws when you move here, you must love all parks.  The branding of those districts alone is a pretty impressive way of appeasing at least 5% of knee jerk naysayers because of the addition of the word “park.”

Just to go back to the map, I believe the buildings in blue are all the existing buildings, so it will be for reuse.  The yellowish must be residential and the red must be retail of some sort.

There are inspiration decks in the submission from APP about what each of the Park Districts will “feel” like and if they are able to translate that into Alameda Point then it will be a really nice area.

There’s no action item here for the City Council, it’s just a look and ask questions sort of agenda item.  The feedback and the line of questioning will be important because it will signal how the City Council is generally feeling on the idea of this developer for this site.



  1. They’ve got a pretty impressive vision for Alameda Point. I like the adaptive reuse of existing buildings, and the whole “art, food, production” thing mixed with parks, water ways, and a new seaplane lagoon ferry terminal. What a great new neighborhood! I want to live at Alameda Point!

    Comment by Karen Bey — January 19, 2015 @ 8:58 am

  2. Karen, you almost do. I like my “old” house and the short walk better.

    Comment by John P. — January 19, 2015 @ 9:01 am

  3. True — but this plan is one of the best plans I’ve seen in a long time. Can’t wait to see the shovels in the ground!

    Comment by Karen Bey — January 19, 2015 @ 9:08 am

  4. Right now you can enter the base at the east gate from Appezzato or Main St, wind your way on the northern split of W Atlantic to the lagoon, hang a right on Ferry Point which merges with W Tower Ave, keep going west till you end up at the Rock Wall end of Spirits Alley (Monarch St.). It’s hard to tell from the drawings if that route will continue or be blocked by the “Partners” once they do their thing. The other access route to the Alley would be through the Main Gate, which is not as convenient.

    So does anybody know if the route to Rock Wall will be blocked or obstructed with this first development phase?

    Comment by jack — January 19, 2015 @ 9:39 am

  5. Jack you will still be able to access Rock Wall from the East gate. turn right just past the Jet, go to the stop sign between the two big existing warehouses, turn left then straight ahead to Rock Wall.

    Comment by John P. — January 19, 2015 @ 10:22 am

  6. I don’t know if this map is more helpful:

    This shows the transit routes, but also the street grid. Follow the double red to RAMP at Main to get your bearings. It seems to run over the decorative pavement area which is unclear if that will be open for auto use.

    Or just use John P.’s directions.

    Comment by Lauren Do — January 19, 2015 @ 10:26 am

  7. yup.

    Comment by John P. — January 19, 2015 @ 11:56 am

  8. Down with APP…love your humor, blog mistrust

    Comment by Cdodge — January 21, 2015 @ 6:27 am

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