Alameda News

After the original St. Joseph Basilica of the 1870s burned, the current facility replaced it in 1920. This year then marks the 100th anniversary of the present-day basilica at 1109 Chestnut St. As part of its centennial celebration, the basilica hosted a tour led by art historian Dr. Frank DeStefano of Connecticut. DeStefano conducted an informal walking tour of its historic stained-glass windows last Sunday.

Real estate development and acquisition company Wood Partners announced last December that it would soon break ground for Alta Buena Vista, a 372-unit luxury mixed-use project at 1501 Buena Vista Ave., the site of the long-closed Del Monte Warehouse (“Del Monte Project Rebooted,” Dec. 17, 2019). The developers have made good on their word and work is underway. 

With a unanimous vote in the early morning hours of Wednesday, July 10, 2018, the City Council approved Alameda Marina, LLC’s, plans to transform Alameda’s northern waterfront. Last Friday, the marina demolished its first building to implement part of those plans — making way  for “The Launch,” 368-unit apartment project that will include 49 affordable units. The marina expects to complete “The “Launch” mid-summer 2022. 

The Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) filed design-review plans for housing at its McKay Avenue wellness center with the city on Jan. 20. According to the plans, APC will be working with San Francisco’s Mercy Housing as its development partner. Berkeley’s Lifelong Medical Care will operate the center. If the city approves the plans, APC will build 98 studio apartments and an apartment for the site manager. The city has not yet placed APC’s design review for this housing on the Planning Board’s agenda.

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