ALAMEDA POINT WATER SYSTEM DO-NOT-DRINK ADVISORY LIFTED BY STATE WATER RESOURCES CONTROL BOARD—DIVISION OF DRINKING WATER
Residents and businesses can now drink and cook with Alameda Point’s water. Water throughout Alameda Point’s drinking water distribution system has been deemed safe by the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water. This water once again matches EBMUD’s high quality water supply consistent with other areas outside of the Alameda Point water system.
There has been a secretive effort by city staff to rename one of Alameda’s beaches. It’s not only bad form, it’s a bad idea. Breakwater Beach is a small beach located at Alameda Point near the Navy’s former campground and the city’s Encinal Boat Launch Facility. The beach and its adjacent Bay Trail are under the jurisdiction of the East Bay Regional Park District. If not for the breakwater there, a barrier that protects the harbor from the force of the waves, the beach would not exist.
The Navy has announced that it has scheduled cleanup activities at several shallow groundwater sites in and around Building 5 at West Tower Avenue and Monarch Street at Alameda Point. Building 5 served the Navy as its air rework facility. Personnel not only cleaned, reworked and manufactured metal parts, but applied radioluminescent paint to aircraft dial faces and refurbished aircraft instrumentation.
The city’s Historical Advisory Board is scheduled to take up the rehabilitation of one of Alameda Point’s larger buildings. The city is currently working with Jonah Hendrickson’s Alameda Point Redevelopers, LLC, (APR) to transform Building 8 at Alameda Point into a usable, profitable space.
In 2013 Hendrickson transformed West Berkeley’s long-abandoned Standard Die & Tool Company building into Berkeley Kitchens, a unique collection of commercial rental kitchens specifically designed for food companies to have a kitchen to call their own.
At last Tuesday’s meeting the city council considered a staff proposal to begin a major construction effort at the eastern entryway to Alameda Point, formerly known as the East Gate. The proposal seeks approval to solicit qualified developers for two parcels totaling 150 acres that would bring 800 new homes and a major sales-tax generator.
Last week, the City of Alameda announced it is approaching completion of plans for Alameda Point’s Waterfront Town Center area. Officials expect this area to become the heart of Alameda Point featuring retail establishments, attractions for visitors, waterfront promenades and transit-oriented multi-family housing.
The plan addresses the areas of the Point that front on Seaplane Lagoon, defined as a focal point of the new community to be developed. Planning staff has identified this location as a primary attraction among the new developments because of the waterfront.