ARRA Meeting July 14th
Alameda Reuse and Redevelopment Agency, comprised of City Council members)
meets on July 14th to make its recommendation on the future of
Alameda Point development. This is a major crossroads for
Now is the time to contact your City Council representatives and ask them to:
We know that a broad coalition of organizations from around
June 8th Community Meeting Includes non-Measure A Alternative
The June 8th Community Meeting showed the
contrast between the two plans and, clearly, the non-Measure A
alternative satisfies many more public goals.
Under this alternative, more housing choices for more incomes are available,
more historic buildings are saved and adaptively reused, and more mass transit
opportunities are utilized. Financially, the presentation showed that
Phase I is currently showing a large deficit, that would be mitigated by more
housing units. The non-Measure A alternative reuses the Bachelor Officers Quarters for
multi-family homes, and uses part of the Bachelor Enlisted Mens
Quarters for live/work space. It also
saves and moves 6 of the Big Whites and adds residential space above the first
floor commercial space in the
The Measure A compliant plan replaces the 18 Big Whites with
120 single-family suburban style homes.
It also does not provide homes for those of more moderate income, such
Historical Perspective – History at Alameda Point
The former Alameda Naval Station is packed with historical
structures. These structures were
designed in the Moderne
style popular during the 1930’s and 1940’s. This style is characterized by imposing
columns, geometric sculptures of heroic beasts and horizontal decorative motifs
with rounded edges. Some of the
important historic structures include the hangars, the Officers Club, the Admiral’s
House and the
In 1992, the Alameda Historical Advisory Board recommended designation of much of the former Base as the Alameda Point Historic District in order to protect and preserve many of these structures. The Navy assumed responsibility for listing this on the National Register of Historic Places, but that has yet to happen. Several other challenges remain to preserving these historic structures. One is that several of the buildings are built on what is known as a 100-year flood plain and would need to be raised or moved in order to be protected from flooding. And, the toxic was clean-up procedure has yet to be completed.*
Another huge risk to these historic buildings is Measure A, the charter amendment that prohibits multi-unit dwellings. Under Measure A, buildings such as the Bachelor Enlisted Men’s dormitory and the Bachelor Officers Quarters could not be preserved and “adaptively reused” as apartments or condominiums, but rather would have to be torn down to make room for new single family housing, such as seen along Ralph Appezzato Parkway.
We need an Alameda Point alternative to Measure A to be fully analyzed not only to allow more housing types for more members of our community and to mitigate increased automobile traffic, but to help us preserve these important structures that are an important part of our Alameda heritage.
the Point?” by Judith Lynch, published in the
Alameda Point development is at a crossroads and we need your support to make sure we can continue to advocate for a variety of housing types, preservation of historic structures and effective public transportation opportunities at Alameda Point. . With a little bit of support from a lot of people, we can continue to advocate for optimum development at Alameda Point.
Did You Know?
Here are some interesting
Source: Bay Area Census
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