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March 22, 2016

Grass is greener on the inside

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:02 am

Recently I’ve heard Building 8 described in very complimentary terms lending some level of credence to Trish Spencer’s line of questioning about whether a lessee had been sought out that would be interested in simply putting money into the building as a renter rather than as a prospective owner.  So I thought that I should understand better what state the actual building was in as well as a listing of what improvements were needed.

According to City Staff this particular building would require the developers to trench to the nearest electricity, sewers, and establish a new water service.  I would imagine that internet would probably need to be pulled in as well and for a building that size you’re probably not looking at a standard cable internet,  but rather some sort of fiber option.  I don’t know how much that costs, but it sounds expensive and something that a typical lessee would not necessarily want to get into if they’re trying to start a business or relocate a business.

But beyond getting basic utilities on to the site, the building is a complete mess inside.

I’m not sure when the last time that these folks hyping the building had actually been inside the building, but just based on these photos alone, it’s really pretty awful.  This is beyond just a few coats of paint folks.  I mean, you can just smell the mold and mildew from your computer can’t you?









Anyway, someone had asked a while back what the Building 29 used to be back when the Navy was around.  According to City staff it used to be a gun testing facility.



  1. When trenching to the nearest electric, water and sewer, how far will they have to go? Main and Atlantic?

    These photos show the condition of Alameda Point’s infrastucture, not just a building within it’s boundaries. The state of Alameda Point’s public works are perfectly exemplified by these photos. What about the horrible conditions of the streets – no street lighting, no lines painted on the streets, no traffic control signs, and potholes within the potholes? Streets and public infrastructure maintenance has been deferred by the City for an equal amount of time.

    It is understandable that an unoccupied building has fallen in disrepair, but the entire Alameda Point campus has been ignored by the City and gone without maintenance as much as the interior of this building – let alone improvements.

    Comment by Bart — March 22, 2016 @ 6:39 am

  2. Building 29 – swords to plowshares

    Comment by MP — March 22, 2016 @ 7:25 am

  3. Amongst other Navy weapons, Building 29 was the site that tested and repaired the US Air Force (A10) Warthog’s cannon the General Electric GAU-8/A Avenger

    Comment by jack — March 22, 2016 @ 9:12 am

  4. I think my mom [WAVES] worked in Bldg 8 in the 1940’s. She was a Paymaster in the USN Supply Corps.

    Comment by vigi — March 22, 2016 @ 9:36 am

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