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Town Center moves forward; BEQ development on hold

The City Council voted last week to approve an exclusive agreement with Alameda Point Partners to negotiate a deal to develop a 68-acre waterfront town center at the former Naval Air Station, despite opposition from residents who think the lame duck council should wait and let the new council decide.

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Last July, the City Council heeded the will of the voters and zoned federal surplus property on McKay Avenue as open space. As a result, Tim Lewis Communities (TLC) — the company developing the Del Monte warehouse property — defaulted on its contract to purchase the MacKay Avenue property from the General Services Administration (GSA). TLC walked away from its plan to build 48 houses there.

A group of commercial property owners filed the lawsuit Borikas et al. v. Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) in 2008. The plaintiffs told the court that because Measure H levied different charges on residential and commercial property owners, it was illegal under state law. The trial court sided with AUSD, but the California Court of Appeal declared a portion of the tax rate that applied to commercial properties partly invalid.

AUSD has created a process for commercial property owners to apply for Measure H refunds.

Alameda Point Partners has pledged to build a 100,000- to 150,000-square foot open-air lifestyle shopping center with unique stores and galleries of retail space centered on Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point.

The partnership includes Oakland-based SRM Ernst Development Partners, Thompson Dorfman out of Mill Valley and Madison Marquette with West Coast offices in San Francisco and San Diego.

Dignitaries celebrate the installation of the new City Hall plaque last Saturday. Pictured left to right, front row: Christopher Buckley, President AAPS; Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Vice Mayor; Trish Spencer, Mayor-Elect; Councilman Tony Daysog; and Nancy Hird, AAPS advisor. Back row: AAPS board member Johanna Hall, AAPS volunteer Kevis Brownson and AAPS VP Jim Smallman.