|What's Happening on the West End?|
Published: Friday, 02 November 2012 00:46
The annual WABA elections were held at the October mixer last Wednesday at the Hawthorn Suites. Congratulations to our new board members: Hiroko Donovan, Entertainment Coordinator at the 1400 Bar & Grill; Stephanie Ross, owner of STEFFZ Trends boutique and Marcy Voyevod, partner in Blue Lotus Project. The new board members will begin their terms on January first.
Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6, so don't forget to get out and VOTE!
About West Alameda
Webster Street has been the historic heart of West Alameda for nearly 150 years. During the 19th century, the street served as the end point of the transcontinental railroad and the point of departure for ferries to San Francisco.
West Alameda Business Association Elects Three New Board Members During the fi rst half of the 20th century, the popular Neptune Beach at the southern end of Webster Street entertained and amused visitors from all over Northern California. The Popsicle™ was fi rst introduced at Neptune Beach. During the late 1900's, Webster Street served the needs of thousands of offi cers and enlisted men and women at the Naval Air Station. And, peanut butter was fi rst produced commercially on Webster Street in 1932!
Webster Street and West Alameda are waking to a new identity. After the closure of the Naval Air Station in 1997, base land has begun integration into the city as Alameda Point. Webster Street is in the midst of a major renaissance, with facelifts for historically signifi cant buildings like the Neptune Hotel and several new businesses in brand new buildings. The recently completed streetscape project provides appealing amenities such as historic lighting, transit plazas, benches and trees, and the West End has been discovered by lots of new businesses — with a resulting increase in foot traffic.
Webster Street is known for its wide array of international restaurants and specialty shops serving Alameda and the East Bay. A farmers' market offers fresh local produce every Tuesday and Saturday morning. Special events like the summer Concerts at the Cove, Webster Wine Walk, the Fourth of July parade, the Webster Street Jam, Halloween on Webster Street and Santa Visits Webster Street bring thousands to appreciate all West Alameda has to offer.
A new community of homes at Bayport, around the corner from Webster Street, has attracted new families, and Catellus is beginning to implement plans for Alameda Landing, a 97-acre mixed-use waterfront development on reclaimed Navy land along the estuary. At Alameda Point, residents have moved into existing housing, and businesses continue to locate in military buildings, including Auctions by the Bay, a monthly estate and antique auctions in a beautifully upgraded Art Deco movie palace, Bladium, a huge sports and fi tness center located in one of the hangars, and the USS Hornet aircraft carrier, now offering a museum and an exciting event venue. Ferries depart regularly from the Ferry Terminal near Alameda Point, taking passengers to and from San Francisco and Oakland. West Alameda even has its own wineries — including the award-winning Rosenblum Cellars.