Council Approves Marina

Eric Sahlin Photography; rendering: Robert Becker/Studio FCF/KTGY    The photo depicts part of Alameda Marina as it appears today.

The City Council capped off a marathon meeting that lasted until past 2:30 a.m., Wednesday, July 11, with unanimous approval of the Alameda Marina Master Plan. Marina owner Pacific Shops, Inc.’s proposal to develop Alameda Marina must reconnoiter several more twists and turns before it can put shovel to dirt, however. First, the City Council must approve the master plan at its second reading on Tuesday, July 24. 

Then federal agencies like the Army Corps of Engineers will scrutinize the plan. In addition, state bureaus that include the Bay Conservation and Development Commission will dissect it. Opponents to the plan will certainly address these agencies as they did the City Council. Those against the plan point to factors that include proper parking for boaters, the relative size of the marina when juxtaposed with the number of units that Pacific Shops, Inc. wants to build; and the inadequate height of the seawall that the marina owner proposes to build. 

Fey Adelstein, a member of the close-knit sailing community, wrote to the City Council saying that, “There needs to be a parking-management plan that dedicates parking for marina tenants (dry sailed and slips) in close proximity to their boats.”

In a missive opposing the plan as it stands, activist Dorothy Freeman pointed out that Alameda Point is developing 800 units on 60-plus acres, while Alameda Marina plans to build 760 units on just 22 acres. The Sierra Club wrote to the City Council recommending it postpone any decision until the height of the seawall is increased enough to provide long-term protection against sea-level rise.

If Pacific Shops, Inc. clears all these hurdles, work should begin in July 2019.

As part of its presentation, Pacific Shops shows six current-day photographs of Alameda Marina transforming into renderings of the site’s future look. The pair featured on this page show the marina entrance at Clement Avenue and Schiller Street. See all six in action at www.robertbecker.com/future-reality. 

Eric Sahlin Photography; rendering: Robert Becker/Studio FCF/KTGY    This photo depicts the same area as it will appear after redevelopment.