Pres. Barack Obama’s 2016 budget proposal includes $70 million for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) clinic and columbarium at Alameda Point. If approved by Congress, the money would go toward site work, utilities, geotechnical work, and wetlands mitigation. But the VA is facing a backlash in Congress over an astronomical cost overrun of nearly $1 billion at its new hospital facility being built in Aurora, Colo., near Denver. Whether this will affect Alameda Point is yet to be seen.
avy’s Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) office took interested parties — including Mayor Trish Spencer, Councilwoman Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft and members of the city’s Restoration Advisory Board — on its annual bus tour at Alameda Point.
In 1988 Congress charged BRAC with the task of making certain that former military bases are environmentally safe before they are transferred to cities and other property holders.
After 18 years, construction can begin at former base
At its July 7 meeting the City Council, by a vote of 5 to 0, passed the ordinance that will allow Alameda Point Partners, LLC, to proceed with developing Site A. The ordinance takes effect on Aug. 6.
Alameda Point Partners — comprised of srmERNST Development Partners, Madison Marquette and Thompson Dorfman Partners — should begin work on the project next July making infrastructure improvements. Work on the development will take 14 years, with completion scheduled for 2030.
Alameda Point is a scenic attraction for many. As the former Naval Air Station, it holds the USS Hornet Museum, popular paths for joggers and picturesque views of the Bay. The Point is not only a tranquil spot for people, it is a place where harbor seals have inhabited undisturbed for at least 17 years. However, recently, that could have changed without the help of the seal-loving community.