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The 4500

Submitted by on 1, December 23, 2008 – 7:45 amNo Comment

SunCal Companies’ just-released draft master plan for Alameda Point offers some major changes from the preliminary concept we got a few months ago, including 47 acres of civic space, a few more historic structures saved from the wrecking ball, less commercial and office acreage … and 300 more homes.

The new plan shows 226 acres of space reserved for 4,500 homes (up from 158 acres), including a “special planning area” alongside the soon-to-be-VA-land to include low-density residential development. Much of that land had been slated as a buffer zone between the development and the least terns who use the old airstrips out there as a nesting spot.

Ed. note UPDATED 9:05 a.m. to correct The new plan anticipates slightly denser single-family home development and multifamily housing complexes that are five stories instead of four. It’s also got less space for commercial and office uses (and as a result, it boasts the creation of a couple hundred fewer jobs).

The new plan includes 47 acres of civic space and some additional historic buildings slated for reuse, including the boathouse and two hangars. There’s a library in here that wasn’t before and a post office, as well as a possible supermarket and a five-story parking garage.

SunCal’s Christmas gift to the city (the deadline for the plan was Friday) offers additional details about plans to make the development environmentally sustainable and transit-oriented (and it looks like the PRT isn’t totally DOA, after all).

The City Council, sitting as the Alameda Reuse and Redevelopment Authority, will hold a public hearing on the plan at its January 7 meeting. I’ll remind you. I promise.

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