Hats off to Alameda Partners and their plan


As a community member of the Restoration Advisory Board, I am concerned about the type of development proposed for Alameda Point and the push for redevelopment elsewhere in the city, I was very impressed by the presentation given by Alameda Partners on their March 28 walk.

Overall, their approach appears well thought out and sensitive to the history of the base. Gone is the push to tear everything down and build cookie cutter homes as happened at Bay Port for example. In fact, the developer has selected several architects, guaranteeing a diversity of buildings.

The intention is to reuse many if not all the existing buildings in this first development phase. I had feared that the Planning Department and the City Council were pushing to tear down most of the structures, as Andrew Thomas had indicated at one of the Council meetings years ago. But the developers have convinced the city to reuse them, thus creating a green development and commemorating the efforts of the citizenry during World War II. This will make the area a combination of new modern bayside living, while giving a feel for the historical context.

The developers have managed to figure out how to build on the contaminated lands very sensitively. The Navy is not intending to clean up the base to unrestricted use, but allows for contamination that could become a health hazard in the future due to changing conditions.

To date this is the best plan offered, and I hope the City Council approves of it and, they’re keeping the plane on the pedestal!

Dale Smith