Alameda Point Status
November 18, 2014: The City Council
approved a 6-month Exclusive Negotiation Agreement (ENA) with Alameda
Point Partners (APP), the preferred developer for a 68-acre mixed-use
development site at Alameda Point (Site A).
Site A location.
Download the APP initial development concept.
(Large file! 20MB)
July 15, 2014: The City of Alameda
adopted the Waterfront Town Center Plan for Alameda Point after two year
plan development process. The plan calls for phased development
and identifies open space, neighborhoods, adaptive reuse areas, and
enterprise zone, and a waterfront town center. The city plans
incremental development beginning with Site A, a 68-acre mixed-use
Download the plan.
(Very large file! 50MB)
September 30, 2011: The Navy has agreed to turn over the former
Alameda Naval Air Station property to the City of Alameda for free - a
substantial reduction from the $108M sought in 2008! The deal
includes a few conditions that will shape future development
opportunities. First, the Navy will be responsible for
environmental cleanup, and the property will change hands thereafter.
Second, the property is free so long as 2,011 or fewer housing units are
developed; additional units above that limit will require payment to the
Navy of $50k for each.
March 2, 2011: Starting over with concept development, the City engaged the firm of Perkins + Will to work with
the community in a visioning and land-use planning process
for the Point.
the scope of work and contract for this planning effort.
August 4, 2010: SunCal filed suit against City of Alameda
alleging breach of contract and other issues arising from the City's
actions to end the developer's involvement at Alameda Point.
July 20, 2010: The SunCal-Alameda ENA expired. SunCal sought an
extension, but the Alameda City Council acted to end ties with SunCal as
February 2, 2010: Measure B failed by a wide margin,
ending the future of the project proposed by SunCal.
July 18, 2007: Through a competitive process, the City selected
SunCal as the new master developer and entered into an exclusive
negotiating agreement with SunCal.
September 2006: Alameda Point Community Partners abandoned its
February 1, 2006: Alameda Point Community Partners presented a
preliminary development concept.
2001: Alameda Point Community Partners, a combined effort that
included Shea and Centex Homes, began work on plans for the Point.
1997: Naval Air Station closed.
Point is a major mixed-use project based on redevelopment of the
Alameda Naval Air Station.
was selected as the master developer for the project, which is set
within a redevelopment zone administered
by the Alameda Reuse and Redevelopment Authority (ARRA). The ARRA
was established by a Joint Powers Agreement signed by the City and
County of Alameda in 1994. Members of the Alameda City Council sit
and act as the ARRA.
Suncal Companies presented the
Alameda Point Draft Redevelopment Master Plan
to the ARRA at a public information meeting on
January 7, 2009.
Key elements and design principles in the plan include:
recognition of unique site constraints,
including contamination, sea-level status and other geotechnical
considerations, transportation limitations; historical preservation
issues, and public trust
walkable neighborhoods with traffic-calming
a transportation focus;
approximately 4,000 housing units, density arranged in a hierarchy, with
overall density similar to that of existing Alameda;
diverse neighborhoods with affordable housing
distributed throughout the project;
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Public Trust Constraints. The site
includes regions that are subject to the
Public Trust and under the California Constitution can used only for
select trust-approved purposes. The developer's planning
milestones suggest an intention to make non-approved use of some of
these lands, which would only be possible if the trust restrictions are
removed from these areas through a land exchange.
SB 2049, introduced in February 2000 by Senator Perata, provides for
such an exchange.
Alameda Measure A. As presented to the
ARRA, the Draft Master Plan is inconsistent with the provisions of 1973
Alameda Charter Amendment, Measure A, which prohibits construction of
housing other than single family or duplex homes. SunCal declared an intention to address this issue by presenting Measure B to the voters of Alameda for approval in
February 2, 2010.
Measure B included the project's land use plan
and would exempt the Alameda Point project lands from the provisions of
Measure A. The project was not expected to proceed unless it
passed, since higher-density housing is part of the project design. This
was a high-profile matter that attracted intense reactions from
concerned folks on all sides of the issue. Alameda Magazine
presented an overview in its July 2008 article:
The Measure A Debate: A Considered Approach to Development.
The San Francisco Chronicle highlighted the issue on April 6, 2009:
Alameda Point issue likely to head to ballot and followed on
January 30, 2010 with
Fighting fierce over Alameda Point development.
Outcome: On February 2, 2010, Measure B failed by a
wide margin, ending the future of the project. Suncal's
exclusive negotiating agreement with the City of Alameda expires in July
2010. The San Francisco Chronicle reported the outcome in its
February 3, 2010 article:
Voters rejecting Alameda development project.
Cost Neutrality. The ARRA has adopted
the position that the project will not introduce costs to the City of
Alameda or its citizens. The project is within a redevelopment
zone, and the City plans to use redevelopment
tax increment financing to provide its contribution to the project.
At the January 7, 2009 meeting, ARRA staff indicated their plan to
provide approximately $180 million in tax increment financing to be used
for infrastructure development and affordable housing at the project.
Selected steps in the planning and approvals process are listed below:
Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) awarded to
Draft Development Concept
Community outreach and
Development Concept Plan presented to ARRA
Draft Redevelopment Master Plan presented to
Public initiative for Master
Plan to Alameda voters Feb '10
CEQA process: (expected
completion by 2010)
EIR Scoping Session & report
Public Draft EIR
& public comment period
Tidelands Trust Exchange
ENA period ends July 2009
Alameda Point in the News
turns Alameda air station over to city September 30, 2011, San Francisco
sues to develop Alameda base August 5, 2010, San Francisco
set to end ties with SunCal developer
July 20, 2010, San Francisco Chronicle
rejecting Alameda development project
February 3, 2010,San Francisco Chronicle
fierce over Alameda Point development
January 29, 2010,San Francisco Chronicle
Point issue likely to head to ballot
April 6, 2009,San Francisco Chronicle
Measure A Debate: A Considered Approach to Development
July, 2008, Alameda Magazine
naval base redevelopment hits snags April 14, 2008, San Francisco Chronicle
June 19, 2007, Oakland
January 14, 2007, Oakland
December 7, 2006, Oakland
April 10, 2006, Oakland