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Long-term plans include ‘Estuary Park’

Ferry Terminal plans

Ferry commuters driving to the Main Street Ferry Terminal will find a new parking lot option this fall, pending timely work plan approvals by the city.

Since 2013, passenger boardings have increased by more than 50 percent at the Main Street ferry terminal, far exceeding the capacity of the parking lot. Commuters have been filling up an adjacent unpaved parcel next to the dog park, as well as the shoulders of Main Street.

The California Department of Parks and Recreation issued a $2 million grant for the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF supports development projects involving outdoor recreation.

The grant requires a local match. Developer Tim Lewis Communities had already earmarked $2 million for the park in exchange for concessions from the city.

The park is on the former
Alameda Belt Line Railroad property, which extends from Constitution Way and Atlantic Avenue to Sherman Street.

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.

The city of Alameda’s public works department recently announced its "annual" street repair and resurfacing project will begin this month and is estimated to continue into September. Work hours run Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. During construction, motorists will experience minor disruptions in traffic, temporary loss of parking spaces and restricted street access, as well as an increase in noise and dust levels. Bus stop access will not be affected.

The following streets will receive an asphalt concrete overlay (ACO):

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.

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