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Tagami on Point

Submitted by on 1, September 11, 2008 – 7:45 amNo Comment

As you may (probably not?) remember, we attended SunCal Companies’ public workshop on their Alameda Point development plans on the USS Hornet last month. And we have to admit, we were a little surprised to see a beaming Phil Tagami on board with a table stacked with flyers for his California Capital Group. And we wondered, what does the Oakland developer and political heavy-hitter have to do with this?

Well, we got our answer last night, when the SunCal folks presented their draft development concept to the city’s redevelopment authority: Tagami’s group is putting together a detailed analysis of reuse opportunities for the former naval base’s historic district, the plans for which have at times been … can we say, a point of concern for some history-minded folks?

“Phil and I go way back. I’ve known him forever,” SunCal’s Pat Keliher said. “He’s a get-it-done kind of guy.”

Tagami, whose group restored Oakland’s Fox Theater and its Rotunda Building, will do a building-by-building analysis of reuse opportunities on the former base, with case studies detailing different types of possible uses, their potential costs and their ability to integrate into SunCal’s overall plan for the base.

In addition to restoring historic buildings, Tagami’s got strong political connections and has had a long second career of public service. He’s reportedly a big fund-raiser and also an intimate of former Oakland mayor (and current state attorney general) Jerry Brown and state Senate leader Don Perata, and he has served on the Oakland Base Reuse Authority and Oakland’s Port Commission, among other things.

So is there any chance that SunCal may be looking to Tagami – who just snagged a spot on the California Transportation Commission – to offer suggestions on, say, the complex web of agencies and agendas they’ll have to navigate to put their transportation plan in place for Alameda Point?

Keliher said Tagami’s just focusing on the base’s historic district for now, though he also added that “Oakland and Alameda have to work together on transportation issues.”

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