The Planning Board will get a first look next Monday at Catellus’ plans for the other Alameda Landing parcel, you know the one where ClifBar was supposed to go. The scope and scale of this new project is greatly reduced from the one that was envisioning 345,000 sq ft of commercial. From the staff report this is what is being planned for that waterfront section:
375 housing units;
A 124 room hotel;
15,000 square feet of retail/services;
10,000 square feet of office/work, and
An 8-acre waterfront park.
So this vastly different plan will require a new development plan, but as with anything in Alameda, this will require many levels of approval (and appeals) and will probably stretch on, here are the steps:
The current Catellus land use proposal for the waterfront differs from the land use plan originally envisioned in the Master Plan adopted by the Planning Board and City Council in 2006. Catellus is proposing to change the uses in the waterfront area to maximize the value of the land. Catellus has notified the City that it is necessary to increase the value of the 40-acre property in order to financially support redevelopment of the property and construction of the public waterfront park.
Catellus intends to submit applications for Development Plan approval by the Planning Board. The Planning Board retains the discretion to approve or deny the proposed changes after considering whether the changes are in the best interests of the larger Alameda community. The Planning Board may approve the future Development Plan application without amending the Master Plan if the Planning Board is able to find that the Development Plan is generally consistent with the General Plan and Master Plan and will not result in any new or more severe environmental impacts than were disclosed in the prior EIR for the project.
So here are the general plans that the Planning Board will give feedback on:
I guess, much like the Alameda Point Site A projects, I’m just going to reserve judgment because I’ve gotten way too excited about plans that have gone nowhere in the past. But I have to say that I like the circulation plan particularly the off street bike path extending from the waterfront to Willie Stargell which will give a perfect protected bike access path. That’s the part that I’m really excited about particularly if the waterfront park is as amazing as the renderings make it seem, and a water taxi to Jack London that can be accessible by bike. That would be amazing, but, again, something that I won’t get overly excited about until we get through all these painful approval steps.