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March 2, 2023

A woman’s work

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:02 am

Jennifer Ott is really diving into the deep end and tackling some huge issues and she’s what, only a few months into her City Manager-ship? The fact that she’s already scheduled a work session into how to handle the rest of Alameda Point is amazing. I mean, who would know better than Jennifer Ott about Alameda Point? From the staff report:

Given recent Council and community discussions about City staff’s approach to the lease and sale of buildings at Alameda Point and the change in the SLA, staff retained Keyser Marston Associates (KMA), a real estate economics consulting firm, to undertake an analysis of the real estate assets at Alameda Point specifically within the Reuse Area, and to make recommendations regarding a strategy for future leasing and sale of buildings (Exhibit 1). Additionally, staff conducted two stakeholder meetings to obtain input from developers and existing Alameda Point property owners and tenants described in greater detail below.

Based on the KMA analysis and findings, input from the stakeholder meetings, and goals for Alameda Point gleaned from key City documents, staff proposes the Mixed Portfolio Phasing Strategy, a strategic, phased approach to both leasing and sale of buildings in the Reuse Area.  In general, the Mixed Portfolio Phasing Strategy, means buildings are sold selectively, and as needed, to fund the ongoing implementation of a new, cohesive backbone infrastructure system, while also maintaining a portfolio of buildings for lease to continue generating ongoing lease revenue to fund maintenance and operational needs arising from the aging existing infrastructure.  The proposed Strategy also addresses the need to allow for flexibility in order to take advantage of new and unexpected opportunities that meet the City’s goals, and to leverage City investment and land for community amenities and benefits, such as jobs, parks, and transportation facilities.

Here’s the overview of what’s out there:

Here’s a slide I don’t think I’ve seen before but it’s what infrastructure is currently under construction:

And the analysis from the consultants:

There are some more pro and con slides but the end result is that staff doesn’t feel as though they should do all leases or sell all the buildings so they’re recommending the mixed portfolio phasing strategy. And because the hangars gets the most lease money, those will probably be the last sold.


  1. So happy she is here and working hard!

    Comment by Ron Mooney — March 2, 2023 @ 9:07 am

  2. So glad Jennifer Ott is back as our City Manager. She’s doing a great job!

    Comment by Karen Bey — March 2, 2023 @ 9:18 am

  3. Are you keeping count of the “studies” for the reuse of the old Navy base by private and governmental entities since it closed in 1997? It’s hard to find a city moving slower to redevelop a closed military base than Alameda.

    And surprise! It needs expensive infrastructure.


    Comment by Sad but true — March 2, 2023 @ 10:56 am

    • The NY Times covered this on Dec 8, 2022 and mentioned Alameda. The context was over 350 bases closed since 1988….

      “Developers and other potential users are often aware of the tangle of bureaucracy that comes with such sites, “which is why they’re not beating down anybody’s door to fund these big projects,” he added … Some former bases rely on temporary leases — one example is Naval Air Station Alameda in California, which struggled to broker a long-term deal acceptable to developers, the Navy, local regulators and residents.”…

      The redevelopment of a base can often draw several interested parties, including local and state leaders as well as the Department of Defense, the National Park Service and the National Register of Historic Places. When multiple decision makers are involved, division can lead to delays and the potential loss of millions in tax income.

      Complicating matters, federal law limits the improvements the military can make once a location is listed for closing. Environmental remediation on these sites can involve problems like lead, asbestos and fuel plumes in the soil, and surveys and cleanup can “balloon into hundreds of millions in the blink of an eye,” Mr. Touchton said.”

      Examples of our “struggle” mention in the article, the Navy has not been easy to deal with, having imposed a lot of constraints. They have been slow to help with serious contamination issues, like the radium paint. And infrastructure is not free. Alameda has done a terrific job finding win-win deals for the developers to include infrastructure capital costs in their projects, i.e., not at taxpayer expense. It’s also a reason they have preferred to build out from the existing infrastructure at Main Street.

      Comment by nobody special — March 2, 2023 @ 11:31 am

  4. If I remember correctly, there was an unusually emotional moment in a council meeting when she was leaving, She was there and seemed quite emotional, like she really loved working for the city. I guessed a good career opportunity came up. Members of the council seemed very sad to see her go, as well.

    Comment by nobody special — March 2, 2023 @ 11:01 am

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