|City Poised to Accept Point Transfer May 21|
Published: Friday, 17 May 2013 03:15
Image courtesy city of Alameda
The darker blue areas represent the portions conveyed back to the city of Alameda after the Navy used them for nearly 75 years.
Next Tuesday, May 21, the City Council is scheduled to take longawaited action to accept ownership of the first — and largest — of four land transfers from the Navy. The property includes 509 acres of land and 870 acres of submerged land.
During the past 16 years since the base closure, the Navy has been cleaning up contaminated sites and is three-quarters of the way finished. The levels of cleanup, from commercial to unrestricted residential uses, were established to coincide with agreed-upon land uses. The final land transfer will occur in 2019 when the environmental cleanup is completed.
"The city and the Navy have been planning and negotiating this property conveyance since the base closed in 1997," said Jennifer Ott, chief operating officer for Alameda Point. "The city is very excited to finally have the opportunity to begin developing this extraordinary asset for the betterment of our local community and economy." The land will be transferred to the city as 66 individual parcels in order to make it easier to market and sell to developers.
This milestone comes as the city is designing plans for a mixeduse town center at the Seaplane Lagoon. Design work is being paid for primarily through a grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.
After the second failed attempt to develop the base with a master developer, the city decided to manage the environmental review, zoning, infrastructure and development planning on its own. The Planning Board and City Council will hold public workshops and hearings on development issues throughout the year.
Naval Air Station-Alameda was listed for closure in the 1993 Base Realignment and Closure Act round of military base closures, which included Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Naval Station Treasure Island, and the Oakland Naval Hospital.
Separately, the Navy will be conveying 624 acres of the former airfield to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in late 2013 or early 2014.
Richard Bangert co-produces AlamedaPointInfo.com, a website that features background, current and future issues related to Alameda Point.