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February 7, 2018

Best and highest use

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

Monday the City of Alameda released this wonderful press release about a truly exciting community project:

This week, the Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) announced it has received conditional approval from the federal government for a no-fee conveyance to APC of 3.65-acres of surplus federal property on McKay Avenue, next to Crab Cove. APC is receiving the title to this surplus federal property to establish the Medical Respite & Wellness Center as a homeless accommodation project.

With the conveyance of this property, APC proposes to rehab existing facilities to create a multi-modal wellness center that will primarily serve adults experiencing homelessness, with a priority of serving seniors, persons with complex medical and persistent mental health conditions, high users of the health care system, and other vulnerable populations.

In addition, a resource center located at the facility will serve Alamedans who are on the brink of homelessness or have recently became homeless, with the goal of helping them quickly navigate back into a stable living situation.

It is envisioned that it will take 3-5 years and cost $35-40 million to rehab and develop the site, with funding coming from a variety of Federal and State funds dedicated for medical and housing services for the homeless.

According to APC Executive Director Doug Biggs, “The federal homeless accommodation process is a valuable tool for identifying and preserving land and property for serving the homeless, but it doesn’t replace or override the need for community support of a project like this. We are absolutely committed to creating a project that enhances the appeal of the neighborhood, serves critical needs of people who can’t care for themselves, and most importantly, contributes significantly to reducing homelessness in Alameda.”

The Alameda Point Collaborative, located at the former Naval Air Station, is the largest supportive housing provider for homeless families in Alameda County. APC offers a wide range of services to give residents the tools they need to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

In the coming months, APC will convene multiple meetings and tours to familiarize the community with the project, and will establish an advisory group of community stakeholders to help guide the project forward. Once further along, there will be public hearings regarding zoning and design. “The dedication to our community by the Alameda Point Collaborative in partnering to proactively address the homeless issue is going to transform the City’s approach to providing services to our most vulnerable. Now it is critical to get the involvement of all stakeholders – residents, consumers, and service providers, so that we can work together to create an innovative, safe, and thriving center,” stated City Manager Jill Keimach.

So I guess a big “thank you” is in order for the Friends of Crown Beach who successfully saved this area from the market rate housing that was proposed, kept the land in the public hands so that this amazing accommodation for homeless individuals could be built without opposition from market rate homeowners.

I’ll have more details on the project in another post, but here is the proposed location with the proposed usage of the existing buildings.



  1. Wonder how those in charge determine if a person in need is indeed an Alamedan…or is that requirement mentioned in order to ameliorate the ‘we don’t Oaklanders on our island’ crowd. Also doesn’t say how many homeless this site will accommodate, Alameda Co currently has over 5000 homeless. Also 78 parking spots…do the homeless have autos?

    Comment by Jack — February 7, 2018 @ 8:08 am

    • re: the number of parking spots — not sure if you were trying to be “funny” with your comment, but it sounds like this facility will require a LOT of employees to serve the needs of the homeless population, from doctors to therapists to custodians to clerical, and will probably have many on site at all hours.

      Comment by trow125 — February 7, 2018 @ 9:38 am

      • Why can’t they take Uber?

        Comment by Jack — February 7, 2018 @ 5:35 pm

      • And besides, anybody posting a comment on this blog that shows up in red on my iPad is only posting a comment meant to click on their advertising site.

        Comment by Jack — February 7, 2018 @ 5:47 pm

        • LOL at the thought that I have an “advertising site”

          Comment by trow125 — February 8, 2018 @ 11:00 am

  2. That is the best possible outcome here. I’m so excited. Hopefully we can continue to support other modes of transportation like biking and transit by limiting the number of parking spaces.

    Comment by Angela — February 7, 2018 @ 1:16 pm

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