HOMES Newsletter: April, 2005

 

1.  Next Alameda Point Community Meeting – May 7th, 9:30 a.m., Tower Building, 2175 Monarch St. at Alameda Point.

2.  Great Turnout at March 23rd Community Transportation Workshop

3.  Sign On to Support Good Community Planning and Design!

4.  Measure A and Measure A

5.  Homes Notes - We’ve Redesigned our Web Site!

6.  Historical Perspective – Residential Developments and Community

 

 

Next Alameda Point Community Workshop

The next community workshop will take place on Saturday, May 7th at 9:30 a.m. at the historic Tower Building, 2175 Monarch St. at Alameda Point.  It’s urgent that you attend!  The community’s input should show up on the new drawings.  To ensure our comments are “on the map”: Map to the Tower Building

 

Come spend the morning in this fascinating building and discuss what type of community we want at Alameda Point.  Your voice counts!  Then, with map in hand (available at the meeting), take a tour of Alameda Point to imagine its potential.

 

This 4th workshop will refine and expand the plans developed by the consultant ROMA resulting from input of citizens at the last Community Workshop.  The framework of streets with locations of major and neighborhood transportation nodes will show possible distribution and density of housing as it relates to housing types and income, and the location of business and retail including possible locations of a supermarket and hotel/conference center.

 

We are closing in on the Preliminary Development Plan.  Only one more workshop to go which will be in early June.  Your input does make a difference.

 

Great Turnout at March 23rd Community Workshop

At the March 23rd Community Workshop, a large number of citizens learned about public transit alternatives and land use plans resulting from those proposals.   Short and long term solutions were considered.  Short term included a care-share program, enhanced ferry service, a BART shuttle and an “EcoPass,” a pass paid for by residents of Alameda Point good for rides on bus services.  These improvements would be in effect with the first construction of housing.

 

The long term plans addressed the needs of the whole Island and included an aerial tram, a BART extension with a station under the Estuary serving both Alameda and Jack London Square in Oakland, bus service in medians similar to light rail but with rubber tires which could be converted to rail, and dedicated bus lanes on city streets to enable busses to skip queues and have preferential treatment over regular traffic.  The most expensive was the BART extension to the Oakland 12th Street station with a new station under the Estuary, at a cost of from $280 million to $400 million.  The aerial tram came in at a cost that made it feasible to construct, but based on public comment other solutions are under study.

 

Sign On to Support Good Community Planning and Design

HOMES is asking for signatures to the attached letter to the mayor and city council asking for support of good community planning and design.  To “sign-on” to this letter, simply respond to this email – homesalameda@comcast.net – with your name, occupation and/or organizational affiliation, and address.  To those of you who have already supported this effort, THANK YOU.  Please also feel free to distribute this letter.  We’re trying to collect signatures by April 26th. 

 

Measure A and Measure A

Much of our discussion around Alameda Point involves Measure A, Alameda’s 1973 charter amendment prohibiting the building of multiple dwelling units.  HOMES and many others in the community feel that this Measure A prevents many of Alameda’s values and traditions from being reflected at Alameda Point. 

 

However, this spring there is discussion of a very different Measure A – the parcel tax supporting our public schools.  HOMES urges its supporters to thoughtfully consider the parcel tax Measure A and its impact on the quality of education we can provide in our community. 

 

Homes Notes

We have a redesigned web site!  We encourage you to visit it to learn more about us and, more importantly, about the issues and opportunities surrounding Alameda Point.  Visit us at www.homesalameda.org

 

HOMES is a grassroots organization.  So far, our efforts have been supported almost entirely by our members.  But as we get closer to finalizing plans for Alameda Point, we need to embark upon a larger educational campaign than our members can support by themselves.  If you support our efforts to see that Alameda Point is developed to include a variety of housing types, support historical preservation, and reduce the traffic impact on the rest of Alameda, please help us out with a financial donation.  Tax-exempt donations may be made to HOMES and sent to 816 Grand St., Alameda, CA  94501.  Thank you!

 

Historical Perspective – Residential Developments and Community

Alameda has gone through many changes throughout its history.  Originally a place for gaming and fishing, Alameda quickly became known largely as a residential community.  Yet, even how we’ve provided neighborhoods for our residents has gone through changes. 

 

Early incorporated Alameda was a combination of residences and local shops.  People relied on walking or public transportation.  There was unique character to our neighborhoods and neighbors knew each other.  The rapid population growth era of the 1950’s brought a different concept to fruition, that of a sea of residences separated from “old” Alameda and that of the “one-stop shopping center” where one drove, parked and did all one’s shopping at one time.  The result of this concept was the development of South Shore.  Although developed with the best intentions in mind – to provide housing and convenience to residents – we’ve learned a lot since then.  A lot from history.

 

Turns out “old” Alameda knew a thing or two about community.  The convenience of the corner market; the liveliness of streets filled with neighbors, not cars; the ampleness of open space for recreational activities right where we live were valuable concepts in “old” Alameda.  That’s the type of Alameda we’d like to have reflected at Alameda Point.  And unlike South Shore, whose development still evokes controversy today, Alameda Point is being planned by and with Alameda residents so that it can be place we all can be proud of. 

 

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Tax-deductible contributions are always welcome!  Make checks payable to:  HOMES

816 Grand St.

Alameda, CA  94501

 

 

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HOMES Steering Committee:

Helen Sause, Co-Chair – 510-521-3940

Joan Konrad, Co-Chair – 510-522-3789

Doug Linney, Strategic Advisor, The Next Generation

 

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