West End Project Takes Step Forward
Planning Board approves 354 units at Alameda Landing
At its Monday, Oct. 14 meeting, the Planning Board gave its unanimous nod to development plans for Alameda Landing. This vote gives Catellus Development Corp., Alameda Landing’s master developer, to proceed with plans that involve the construction of 354 residential units, and 5,000-square-feet of commercial space. This marks the last phase of the redevelopment and reuse of 17 of the 77-acre former Fleet Industrial Supply Center (FISC). Groundbreaking for this project lies at the yet-to-be determined date.
This center stood on property that the University of California once used as the San Francisco Airdrome. The Navy purchased the site in 1941 for use as a main supply center supporting the operation of military fleets and shore activities in the Pacific Basin. The Navy closed the center in 1996 and in 2009 a suspicious fire destroyed the last remaining building on the site.
The plan involves building 354 residences. These include 30 single-family homes, 93 townhouses each with three or four bedrooms; 138 “micro” townhouses each with one or two bedrooms; and 96 two- and three-bedroom apartments that will have two or three bedrooms.
The approved master plan requires the developer provide access along Mitchell Avenue for a bicycle and pedestrian bridge to Oakland. The city hopes to work with the Coast Guard, the City of Oakland and the Alameda County Transportation Commission to come up with an estimated $60 million design and build a bridge that could carry bicyclists and pedestrians from a park at Alameda Landing to Jack London Square in Oakland.
At the point it crosses the proposed promenade, the bridge would be between 30 and 35 feet above the property. After crossing the estuary, the bridge would descend to a landing between the Oakland Ferry Terminal and the foot of Broadway and within a block or two of Howard Terminal and the proposed Oakland A’s ballpark.
Development plans also include cutting Fifth Street — that now has its northern terminus at Mitchell Avenue through to the proposed waterfront plaza and promenade. This shoreline park would connect to the Bay Trail and allow both bicycle and pedestrian access to the Oakland Estuary shoreline.
The developer would accent the Fifth Street corridor that would allow access from Alameda Landing’s residential and commercial areas with palm trees. These trees would lead visitors into the promenade’s main plaza framed by a large semi-circular pergola and accented by a strong backdrop of large shade trees. Catellus would work with the city and its Public Works and Recreation and Parks departments to complete the plaza and promenade.