Stay in Tune with Your City

The Island Cruisin’ mural by Hyde on Webster Street at Atlantic Avenue is one of the projects completed in conjunction with the Alameda Public Art program.
City of Alameda

Stay in Tune with Your City

City of Alameda

For the past 14 months, the Economic Development and Community Services Division of the City’s Community Development Department shifted it focus to providing resources to business owners and employees to respond to the pandemic.

These included collaborating with business districts on restriping and parklet programs, hosting town halls and webinars to clarify new workplace safety requirements, implementing business and community grants, as well as bolstering services to our most vulnerable populations.

Job fair: The city invites you to participate in its job fair next Thursday, July 15, from 2 to 4:30 pm at South Shore Center.

The job fair is co-sponsored by the Alameda Chamber of Commerce, South Shore Shopping Center, Alameda Landing, Alameda County Social Services Agency and the City of Alameda. Contact Eric Fonstein at efonstein@alamedaca.gov or call 510-747-6895 for more information.

Harbor Bay Business Park Expansion: Despite the pandemic, the Harbor Bay Business Park has seen significant new construction, sales and lease activity over the past year, with a focus on R&D, advanced manufacturing, and life science uses.

Build-to-suit expansions for both Exelixis and Penumbra located in the North Loop Center made solid progress, with Penumbra expecting to finish its project in the next two months and Exelixis by first quarter 2022.

Following the success of North Loop Center, the $42 million dollar North Loop 3 construction project boasts five flex office/R&D buildings providing over 187,000 sq. ft. of space, and the South Loop Center construction project brings an additional 300,000+ sq. ft. of light industrial space to the market.

In early 2021, Invesco Real Estate made a $102 million dollar purchase of six shell buildings in the North and South Loop centers, with the goal of leasing to early and mid-stage R&D, tech and life sciences companies. In its reporting on the sale, the East Bay Business Times identified Alameda as a “bio-tech hotbed.” Invesco has already signed a lease deal with Senti Biosciences, which plans to start construction on a 92,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility by the end of this year.

In addition, Paceline Investors closed a $69.3 million off-market acquisition of three additional buildings at Harbor Bay Business Park. srmErnst’s Managing Principal, Joseph Ernst, notes that “Alameda is well positioned and building its presence in the whole life science field.” The physical presence needed for R&D and laboratory uses ensures that life science tenants will continue to be a strong component of Alameda’s economy.

New Public Art Installations: Alameda is emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic with several new public art projects, and many more are on the way! Recent months have seen the installation of the Gateway Columns by Norman Moore in Jean Sweeney Park, the Island Cruisin’ mural by Hyde on Webster Street, and the Diatom Sculpture Series by Adrien Segal at the Harbor Bay Business Park.

These projects have been completed in conjunction with the Alameda Public Art program, either through our public art requirement for new development or through full or partial funding by grants from our Public Art Fund. Several more large public artworks are scheduled for installation in the coming year. Stay tuned!

Initiatives to Address Homelessness: The City of Alameda launched several initiatives in the last two years to support those experiencing homelessness and at-risk of becoming homeless. Please visit our Homelessness Initiatives website for more information.

Alameda Day Center: The center provides a space where people experiencing homeless can relax, join support groups, participate in activities, and get connected to a host of services to help them end their homelessness and become self-sufficient.. The center is located at 431 Stardust Place Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Safe Parking Program: This program serves Alamedans living in their vehicles. Participants feel safe, secure, and connected, so they can rest easy and have a good night’s sleep.

“We want our guests to feel at home. We take our time to get to know each person, understand their needs, and develop programming that makes sense for them, so that they can take ownership of the space and experience firsthand their contribution to making this their own,” says Joey Harrison, Executive Director of The Village of Love that operates both the Day Center and Safe Parking programs.

Alameda Homeless Hotline: Call 510-522-HOME (510-522-4663) to reach a centralized phone number where unhoused individuals, local businesses, and neighbors can get information, report nonemergency issues, and get connected to services.

‘”Sunsetting Homelessness” Donation Meters: Twenty donation meters throughout Alameda provide a quick and easy way to raise funds to support case management, housing navigation, and other services for Alameda’s unhoused neighbors.

Look out for these bright orange meters to donate with change or credit card. Individuals, families, charitable organizations, and local businesses may also sponsor a meter and have their logos proudly displayed as a supporter. Contact Lois Butler at lbutler@almadaca.gov or 510-747-6894 for more information about sponsorship.