Council Nixes Terminals
Alameda City Council decided not to approve the proposed 589-unit Encinal Terminal project at the City Council meeting Tuesday, Dec. 19. The project, which includes a land swap agreement between the city and the developers, is now put on hold until further notice.
Mayor Trish Spencer said she did not support the project over her concerns about the site’s location. Researchers have said the site may be subject to liquefaction and a rise in sea-level could also pose a threat to the housing units.
Vice-Mayor Malia Vella and Councilwoman Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft did not make motions to approve the development agreement. However, they both spoke positively of the projects goal of providing more housing units to Bay Area residents. Councilmembers Jim Oddie and Frank Matarrese asked that the city learn how much the land would be worth after the units are constructed before handing it over to the developers, Tim Lewis Communities.
More than 20 residents spoke at the meeting that went well past midnight. Speakers seemed to be split with half opposed because the project did not offer enough low-income housing. While the others praised the project for adding much needed housing to Alameda.
The City Council did approve the project’s Environmental Impact Report 4-1, Spencer voted against the report, at the meeting. The Encinal Terminal project is located at 1521 Buena Vista Ave.