Blogging Bayport Alameda

March 28, 2017

Open space saver

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:08 am

I realize I should have posted this yesterday when the Planning Board meeting was and Monday’s post today when the School Board meeting is scheduled for tonight, but *shrug* not like any of these issues are going away any time soon.

Encinal Terminals is located behind the Del Monte building and by “behind” I mean close to the estuary.  Tim Lewis Communities, which is also building out the Del Monte project, is interesting in developing that parcel which has gone through so many iterations, it would be impossible to name them all.  The one that I always remember was the design that envisioned Venice (California) canal style homes.  TLC however is going in the other direction and moving away from the low density Bay Farm-y type of housing.

So this article from the Alameda Magazine is timely for those that don’t want to read the Master Plan.


TLC’s application for the Encinal Terminals project, of which 15 percent of the units would be affordable housing, is making its way through Alameda’s planning process. The project’s Draft Environmental Impact Report was released in February. The Roseville home builder is seeking to construct 500 multifamily homes, along with 89 townhomes, on the peninsula between Wind River and the Fortman Marina. The development also will include 50,000-square-feet of commercial space and open up almost a mile of previously inaccessible shoreline.

The project’s Draft EIR suggests that the development will generate about 4,300 car trips per day. However, that is about 1,100 fewer trips than the 2007 plan that called for 165 single-family homes and 200,000 square feet of commercial development on the site. Still, Thomas said the development would add a significant number of motorists trying to leave the Island each morning and return each evening.

The city will require the developer to provide infrastructure for a water shuttle that could connect to the Brooklyn Basin development across the estuary in Oakland. “We want to build a project with less reliance on automobiles,” added O’Hara, referencing plans to provide AC Transit passes for residents. TLC also plans to offer a car-sharing program and allow residents to pay less for housing if they don’t own a car—a program known as “unbundled parking.”

Of course the biggest challenge will be getting folks on board with the proposed 14 story building.  But based on the discussion at the Planning Board it seems like there is some support for the larger building given the placement on the site.  I’m super hopeful that the design will be interesting and different.



  1. To placate the old-timers, they should construct the 14-storey building of stacked shipping-containers.

    Comment by BC — March 28, 2017 @ 7:47 am

    • 😉

      Comment by Jon Spangler — March 28, 2017 @ 3:13 pm

  2. Having toured the site and seen the builder’s original plans, I think their vision for higher density, shoreline development is sound. It will help support increased bus service on the AC Transit Line 19 that will further reduce the traffic caused by single-occupancy cars and trucks and offer more mobility to some of Alameda’s most-underserved census tracts along the Northern Waterfront.

    The proposed water taxi/cross-estuary shuttle is an added bonus: it will offer bicyclists and pedestrians a safer, more reasonable alternative to crossing to or from Oakland on one of the heavily-trafficked bridges or through the infamous Posey Tube. Kayakers will also have yet another commute route to and from Oakland with secure facilities on both sides of the Great Waters.

    Comment by Jon Spangler — March 28, 2017 @ 3:21 pm

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