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February 14, 2018

Everyone has one

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

This video is one of the reasons why Andrew Thomas — despite my fleeting fascinations with other wonky experts that appear at city meetings — remains my number 1 city government crush.

Just to set the scene, this at the Planning Board, the agenda item is the hotel parcel that is in that weird bump out that was supposed to be where the ferry terminal was to be located but turned out to be not the right space and has been lying fallow ever since.  I’m pretty sure nothing will ever get built there so whoever owns that property is out of luck.  Here is one of Trish Spencer’s appointees trying to use the BCDC non-vote as a rationale for the City — at least — not approve the hotel there, but his dismissive attitude at the end of the video suggests that he wouldn’t be open to anything being there.

But here’s Andrew Thomas, doing that awesome Andrew Thomas thing he does:

In case you’re wondering the Board voted to not recommend a zoning amendment to the City Council which essentially kills the project as is.



  1. I hope you’re wrong Lauren, and something does get built on that site. If the hotel doesn’t get approved, I would love to see a mid-size conference center with a restaurant on the ground floor.

    With the upgrades to the golf course, the new buildings that Joe Ernst is building, a mid-size conference center with a ground floor restaurant on the waterfront would be a great amenity for the business park.

    Comment by Karen — February 14, 2018 @ 7:42 am

  2. Fabulous if it’s dead. Leave it as open space and let’s move on.

    Comment by OneOfTheManyDaves — February 14, 2018 @ 8:01 am

    • Can I demolish your house and make it into a pocket park?

      Comment by BC — February 14, 2018 @ 10:41 am

  3. A hotel would benefit many more Alamedans than an office building, not that it matters anymore because the zoning change failed. I wish that the planning board member in question would just say it how it is that say that he’s there to block any and all development and truly save the planning board time without having to make up excuse after excuse.

    Comment by Angela — February 14, 2018 @ 8:58 am

  4. I believe Joe Ernst owns that land in question. Possibly he traded for the new office project he proposed?
    I suppose my question is, why can Ernst get financing at the business park and not at Alameda Point?

    Comment by Tawney — February 14, 2018 @ 9:29 am

    • Because Harbor Bay Business park developments don’t require full backbone infrastructure installations that need to be done prior to any buildings going up.

      Comment by Lauren Do — February 14, 2018 @ 9:33 am

  5. Andrew Thomas seems to be making up numbers as he goes along. The BCDC had a Vote at the Meeting and the outcome was 11 For, 6 Opposed and 1 Abstained. For a Motion to Carry 13 votes are needed. The most vocal opponent to this Project was was our own Commissioner Wilma Chan who was unable to attend the Meeting but sent her Alternate our former Mayor Gilmore on her behalf. Commissioner Gilmore read Chan’s opposition to the Project into the Public Record and later Voted on her behalf to oppose the Project. So there was a Vote and it Failed. They needed 13 to Pass (not 19) and if it had had 14 it would have passed. The link to the Draft Minutes are here.

    Comment by frank — February 14, 2018 @ 11:12 am

    • The point is, more people voted for the project at BCDC than against. 11 > 6.

      Comment by Lauren Do — February 14, 2018 @ 12:01 pm

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