Alameda

At a public hearing during Monday’s meeting, Alameda Point Partners (APP) asked the Planning Board to allow changes that would scale back both the building on Block 11 on Seaplane Lagoon and the adjacent Waterfront Plaza. 

An Alameda resident and student at Bishop O’Dowd High School, Abigail Gonzalez, recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the 2019 Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice. The annual gathering promotes social justice and solidarity by challenging people to participate in caring for others. The main talking points of the weekend were climate justice and immigration.

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting after the Alameda Sun went to press, Council voted on a plan for new homes located at 2800 Fifth St. Pulte Home Company, LLC, looks to construct 69 buildings containing 357 residential units in a new phase for the 17.2-acre Alameda Landing waterfront mixed-use development.

On Oct. 14, the Planning Board approved the application that also includes: 5,000 square feet of commercial space, internal roadways and alleys, parks and open space. 

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A number of incidents involving pedestrians, motor vehicles and bicyclists have recently marred Alameda’s tranquility. Many of these — and those in the past — involve people, young and old, misunderstanding the city’s ordinances that govern how we all must interact safely. 

City Council adopts Vision-Zero policy at Nov. 5 meeting

Up to 100 people took part in an “Alameda School Zone Safety Rally” at City Hall Nov. 5. Love Elementary School’s PTA joined with other schools, PTAs and student advocates from across the Island for the rally just before the City Council meeting. The group spoke to the Council and city staff, “so that these safety issues are addressed immediately to make our streets safe for students and to prevent further accidents.”

The City of Alameda recently disclosed that it is not going to proceed with the preparation of an environmental impact report on the Veterans Affairs (VA) outpatient and columbarium project at Alameda Point, as previously announced in February. 

A town hall meeting where veterans can learn about benefits and services available to them takes place Thursday, Nov. 7,  from 3:30 to 5 p.m. at the Alameda Veterans Building, 2203 Central Ave. The town hall will be preceded by a women veterans’ mixer at 2:30 p.m.

Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft,  along with representatives from U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Women Veterans Alliance will host the gathering, which is open to all veterans, active-duty service members and their families.

On Nov. 7, 2017, City Council adopted the Cannabis Businesses ordinance. This ordinance became effective Dec. 21, 2017. The City Council also adopted an ordinance to amend the Alameda Municipal Code, repealing the prohibition on cannabis business activities and specifying the zones where certain types of cannabis businesses may locate. This ordinance became effective Jan. 18, 2018. 

When it comes to Halloween, Alameda has a great sense of humor. The Island has been preparing for the hordes of young ghosts and goblins to descend on the city Thursday night, some developing elaborate, decorative displays to convey their enthusiasm for the macabre holiday. A resident on Grand Street, above, will likely host hundreds of trick-or-treaters and chose to invoke psychedelic rockers The Grateful Dead with their display. Other Alamedans have set up a haunted carnival, a scene from Disney’s Fantasia, glowing ghouls and more.

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. 

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