Feds stall on funding for Alameda Point development
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has still not received its 2016 budget allocation of $70 million to build new facilities at Alameda Point. This week marks nine months since the federal budget was signed into law on Dec. 18, 2015. Efforts in the House and Senate to authorize getting the VA’s money released were hindered in July when Senate Republicans attached a bill to fund stopping the spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus to the VA construction bill.
A new cement float for harbor seals was delivered to Alameda Point on June 22. It is the first-of-its-kind on the West Coast. With seals starting to use the new platform, a milestone has been reached culminating two-and-a-half years of citizen advocacy to maintain a resting site for harbor seals at Alameda Point. A ferry maintenance facility is slated to begin construction this summer where the seals have been finding solitude for more than a decade. The new float will be anchored 100 yards from the facility.
At its Monday, July 25, meeting the Planning Board gave property owner Francis Collins and his architect Phillip Banta something they have been hoping for: approval to proceed with their development and open-space plans to make Boatworks a reality. Banta and his company BantaDesigns presented the board with “Boatworks Green” a development at Clement Avenue and Oak Street.
Navy about to transfer another large piece of former air station to city
The City of Alameda is conducting a public tour at Seaplane Lagoon to celebrate the second phase of land conveyed from the Navy Saturday, July 23. The purpose of the tour is to learn about future development plans and to take in the beautiful waterfront.
Next Monday, May 23, the Planning Board will host a public workshop to discuss and hear public comment on blocks 6 and 7 at Alameda Point’s Site A. In addition, the workshop will review the designs for West Atlantic Street (to become the western extension of Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway) and the Point’s new gateway. The board will also consider proposed street names for the side streets at Site A. The board will take no final actions at this meeting.
The City of Alameda became the new owner of Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point on April 13. The lagoon came from the Navy with a new condition that exceeds normal protocols for dredging in San Francisco Bay.
Three thousand tons of sand was added to the nesting grounds for the least terns at Alameda Point in late February and early March. In the weeks that followed, volunteers from St. George Spirits and the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts came out to help make the site ready for the arrival of the terns in mid-April.
The San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) announced two East Bay firms have been pegged to design and construct an operation and maintenance facility at Alameda Point. Overaa Construction of Richmond and Power Engineering Construction of Alameda will be tasked with building the Central Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility.
Military history, protection of endangered birds and support for military veterans shared an Alameda Point runway on Saturday, April 2, during a lecture tour sponsored by the Naval Air Museum. The occasion was the 74th anniversary of the departure of the USS Hornet to carry out the bombing raid on Japan led by Lt. Colonel Jimmy Doolittle.