Blogging Bayport Alameda

September 26, 2016

Merrily they roll along

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:06 am

Only one major item on the Planning Board’s agenda tonight but it is a big one.  First street names, from the staff report:

The selected names complement the names of the other streets at Alameda Point that honor former navy vessels such as: West Hornet Avenue, Lexington Street, and Saratoga Street. The proposed names include:

• Coronado Avenue
• Marilyn York Way
• Firebirds Street
• Buckthorn Street
• Ardent Way
• Corsair Street, and
• Skylark Street

Fairly straightforward, I can’t imagine there will be much issue. I like the Firebird name, not because of any real affinity for the aircraft they’re named after but because the Firebird fairytale happens to be one of my favorites and it evokes memories of that.

Then the plans for the waterfront park which looks really neat:


There’s an option between two guardrails, one is a bit heavier looking in almost all black with bars, the other with stainless steel cables.  I like the cable option.

Then there are two options for the canopy over the pier, gangway, and float for the new seaplane lagoon ferry:



You’ll have to envision the bird poop on the awnings yourself since that’s not depicted on the renderings.  In fact that should probably be the deciding factor: which color would be better complemented with splotches of bird poop.

And finally the mixed use project: Block 9 which is a “work in progress” per the staff report:

Block 9 will include 182 housing units, 13,145 square feet of ground floor retail space facing West Atlantic Avenue, and 243 on-site parking spaces.

The 182 housing units are designed to provide housing opportunities for a wide range of household types. For example, the building includes units as small as 510 square foot studios and units as large as 1,290 square foot three-bedroom units. The range of unit sizes is a much needed contrast to the types of units that have been constructed in recent years in Alameda and that are under construction at Marina Shores and at Alameda Landing. The Marina Shores and Alameda Landing market-rate units are all, with a few exceptions, much larger units. As a result, the larger units are also priced at a point that makes it more difficult for many Alameda households to afford.

From a design perspective, the proposed architectural design for Block 9 is both interesting and challenging. MBH Architects, describes its challenge as follows:

“One of the challenges in designing Block 9 at Alameda Point is neither to look too far back to the point of being imitative nor to look too far forward so as to feel out of place. This building draws inspiration from local and regional sources ranging from the deep vertical openings on the City Hall West building at the Alameda Naval Air Station to the porte cochere at the Bellevue-Staten Apartments in Oakland. The building elevations and proposed uses transition from vibrant and energetic along West Atlantic to calm and tranquil on G Street.

Another design challenge is breaking down the massing of a 6-story building occupying an entire city block to a more pedestrian scale. This is achieved through the use of modular façade forms, varied parapet lines and wall planes that add visual movement and shadows throughout the day. Together with a limited palette of accent materials and colors, the building provides enough repetition without being static and enough variety to keep the pedestrian interested as they encounter it from different vantage points.”

I like that there will be large and small units available in this development which should allow for a nice variety for folks in various stages of their life, plus it will offer a range of affordability.

Personally I like how this building is looking a lot more than the Miami South Beach one.  The last “vignette” with the blue mosaic is particularly compelling.








  1. I like the Miami Style myself. Most of the others I find boring. They are trying to tie everything to elements of the base architecture with is fairly boring anyways. I find some on the new building going up across the Bay much more appealing.

    As for the street names, I don’t care so much as long as they connect to a street off base they maintain the same name. It is confusing when you are going down one street it is one name and all of a sudden it is a different name as you continue. Bayport is very confusing in that you will have one name and a mini-park and on the other side on the mini-park break the same street has a different name. Poggi becomes Coral Sea, 3rd St. becomes Mosley and Alameda Landing also has a Mosley? There is no consistency.

    Comment by Jake — September 26, 2016 @ 7:59 am

  2. While I agree the blue mosaic is lovely, that’s a piece of architecture whose popularity rises and falls out of fashion, seemingly due to changes in our tastes around color palettes. The examples that were, I’m sure, quite fashionable in the 1960s are now looking very dated due. I’d guess they hang around because it’s hard to paint, and hard to peel and re-do.

    Comment by Jim Meyer (@purp) — September 26, 2016 @ 8:24 am

  3. Very prudent on the poop problem. Maybe swap the mosaic pattern (and give it colors with more camouflaging qualities) that appears on the columns in the last photo with the monochrome on the ferry canopy. In about 5 years, those columns, as depicted, may look like a kitchen backsplash from Home Depot or they may look like genius.

    Comment by MP — September 26, 2016 @ 9:35 am

  4. Drool.

    It is hard to believe this is actually going to happen.

    Comment by BMac — September 26, 2016 @ 10:16 am

  5. I think it’s high time Jim Morrison gets honored with a street name since he lived here briefly. Or maybe just call it Love St for the Doors song. Or Lizard King Way.

    Comment by Jason Buckley — September 28, 2016 @ 9:10 am

  6. I was walking the dogs by the new Ferry Maintenance Facility site and it looks like they are making a lot of progress which is great. I know you can’t please everyone with the building design but when I look at the building it is sort of plain. The main problem I have with the design is the part that faces the water there are hardly any windows. It is too bad that they don’t take advantage of the view. Even in a Maintenance facility it is nice to look up and see something beside a wall. Just a glimpse of the outside can effect your mood.

    I worked at one time for a Biotech company and they were out of room and we were put in the back in a windowless room and after expanding we finally got moved and had windows and the moral of the department increased dramatically.

    Comment by joelsf — October 10, 2016 @ 8:24 am

    • Probably your morals increased when you moved because outsiders could see through the windows and thus could observe your low moral conduct. When you got windows I’d bet the worker’s morale went down in direct relation to the moral increase.

      Bld 530 (Missile Bld) on the base has no windows (security issues) but the worker morale was extremely high because the unobserved workers could exercise low morals behavior at will.

      Comment by jack — October 10, 2016 @ 9:09 am

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