Suit Fails; New Wellness Center Moves Forward

An Alameda County Superior Court judge ruled against the Friends of Crab Cove (FOCC) in their pursuit to stop the proposed senior housing and medical respite center for homeless individuals on McKay Avenue. 

Superior Court Judge Frank Roesch ruled against FOCC’s attempt to block the development of the 3.65 acre center at the final merits hearing on Aug. 16. The ruling paves the way for Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) to convert the buildings at McKay into a medical respite care facility that will also offer services to homeless individuals to help them get back on their feet. 

“In the midst of a statewide housing and homelessness crisis, the court’s decision affirms that the City of Alameda could and in fact did take reasonable and lawful steps toward addressing both concerns,” said City Attorney Yibin Shen. “We agree with the court that the Council’s rezoning decision is both lawful and fully consistent with the California Environmental Quality Act.”

The court’s ruling was another failed attempt by FOCC’s to block the APC’s efforts after several failures. The City Council permitted APC to build the facility in Oct. 2018. However, FOCC gathered enough signatures to create a ballot measure on a special election ballot to rezone the property housing the facility, which would have prohibited the creation of the wellness center. 

Voters overwhelmingly approved Measure A, at the April 9 special election, confirming the city’s decisions to allow the wellness center to move forward. Voters also rejected Measure B, which would have prohibited the center in favor of rezoning the parcel for open space. 

Following the election FOCC tried to stop the project again by alleging various deficiencies in the city’s environmental review analysis and administrative process. However, Roesch issued the final blow to FOCC with his ruling.

There is no timetable when the senior housing and medical respite center will open.