Alameda News

Long-term plans include ‘Estuary Park’

Ferry Terminal plans

Ferry commuters driving to the Main Street Ferry Terminal will find a new parking lot option this fall, pending timely work plan approvals by the city.

Since 2013, passenger boardings have increased by more than 50 percent at the Main Street ferry terminal, far exceeding the capacity of the parking lot. Commuters have been filling up an adjacent unpaved parcel next to the dog park, as well as the shoulders of Main Street.

The California Department of Parks and Recreation issued a $2 million grant for the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The LWCF supports development projects involving outdoor recreation.

The grant requires a local match. Developer Tim Lewis Communities had already earmarked $2 million for the park in exchange for concessions from the city.

The park is on the former
Alameda Belt Line Railroad property, which extends from Constitution Way and Atlantic Avenue to Sherman Street.

The city of Alameda’s public works department recently announced its "annual" street repair and resurfacing project will begin this month and is estimated to continue into September. Work hours run Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. During construction, motorists will experience minor disruptions in traffic, temporary loss of parking spaces and restricted street access, as well as an increase in noise and dust levels. Bus stop access will not be affected.

The following streets will receive an asphalt concrete overlay (ACO):

The City Council is seeking residents to serve on the board of trustees for the county’s Mosquito Abatement District.

The Board of Supervisors and the city councils of each of the 13 cities within the district appoint one trustee to represent its constituency on the governing board.

The board consists of individuals dedicated to community service and willing to accrue the knowledge required to effectively govern a mosquito abatement district. Application forms may be obtained from, and filed with, the City Clerk, City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave., Room 380.

Alameda Public Works officials and Alameda Police Department officers were called monitor and repair a section of Otis Drive that collapsed into a sinkhole last Wednesday, July 1.

Crews were working on emergency repairs on Otis Drive between High and Mound streets, after an apparent water or sewer pipe rupture. Crews were seen patching the road up Wednesday evening.

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