Letters to the Editor
I am writing to bring attention to a proposed five-story Fairfield Inn project located at 2350 Harbor Bay Parkway that the Planning Board is recommending for approval. As one of the last remaining bay-front parcels on Harbor Bay Parkway, with community input, hopefully the scale of this project will be reduced!
The majority of existing buildings in the Business Park are two stories. The proposed five-story structure is grossly out of proportion with the surrounding structures and the environment in which it is proposed. Additionally, the hotel proposes to have neon signage on the fourth and fifth stories that will quite simply be an eyesore to all. Any proposed buildings at this prominent site should be architecturally stunning and environmentally responsible. I do not believe the hotel project, as proposed, is such a project or is in the best interest of the community.
Clearly a lot of work has already occurred as the project has received clearances by federal, state and local governments; however, I believe this project deserves further consideration before receiving final approval. I encourage others to reach out to the Planning Board and the City Council, as I have, to request this project be scaled down.
I appreciate the work the Planning Board and City Council are charged to perform, and hope appropriate alternations to this project will be addressed before it’s too late and this grossly large building becomes a reality for years to come.
Every December for the past 40-plus years the members of the Alameda Family Services League have put on the Holiday Home Tour, the major fundraiser for Alameda Family Services.
Since the Home Tour involves so many moving parts (five homes, the gourmet shop, boutique, tea, raffle, van transportation, volunteers, selling tickets, docents, musicians, Santas, publishing the Home Tour booklet, soliciting advertisers and sponsors and more), one might expect that many people are involved.
In fact it is a small but very hearty group who carry out the wonderful and successful tradition in such grand style: Katie Honegger, Cindy Batchelor, Ernestine Bianchi, Jeannie Graham, Susan Kaney, Carol Rivano, Toni Vella, Pamela Stewart, Hannah Fry, Teresa McDaniels, and Ernie and Winkie Campbell-Notar.
On behalf of the board of directors of Alameda Family Services, I want to publicly acknowledge these wonderful men and women who work behind the scenes so that Alameda Family Services programs can continue. Their unflappable commitment and hard work deserve to be recognized by our entire community.
I am the co-owner-operator of Bladium Sports & Fitness Club at Alameda Point. We moved our business from San Francisco to Alameda more than 15 years ago and have grown to one of the largest employers at Alameda Point. Our facility hosts thousands of visitors each week and employs more than 120 people. We have been proud to operate at Alameda Point and can only continue if significant upgrades come to this part of the Island.
Site A promises to be a catalyst for re-developing Alameda Point. The proposal for Site A will provide much of the infrastructure businesses need to operate. We cannot continue to serve our clients with aging roads and failing Internet, phone and other utilities. Site A is the minimum needed to provide some economies of scale for the infrastructure development; a bootstrap, site-by-site approach would cost two-to three-times as much!
We have seen many failed attempts to develop the Point. We are encouraged by the city’s vision and Alameda Point Partners’ plan to create a mixed-use community that will attract quality companies to build a durable and sustainable job base.
Site A promises well-integrated retail and open space amenities, housing and transit. This will attract more companies like Wrightspeed, whose workforce wants to work where they live and play.
Alameda Point businesses want to continue to thrive and grow at this location. We support this plan and will work hard to ensure its success. Anything less will force us to look at alternative locations.