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Landing developer’s point person out

Submitted by on 1, February 3, 2009 – 8:00 amNo Comment

As reported by Blogging Bayport’s Lauren Do last week (The scooper hat goes back to you!), Catellus has laid off its Alameda Landing point man, Aidan Barry.

Barry, who had served as the company’s vice president for commercial development, said his layoff was due to the bigger picture of market forces and their impact on his former company.

“ProLogis/Catellus is more of an operational company at this point,” Barry told The Island on Monday.

Still, he said the company is still working to move the Alameda Landing project forward. Sean Whiskeman, Catellus’s Oakland-based vice president and market officer (Catellus’ website lists him as the vice president for retail development), is now in charge of the project, a representative of the company said.

ProLogis spokeswoman Jessica Crow said the company “restructured (its) business operations in response to global economic conditions” and that Barry’s position was eliminated as a result. And she said that the company is still “very much focused” on the Landing project and Alameda. (We had checked in with the company a few weeks earlier, and at that time, no new details on the project were available.)

ProLogis’s chief executive officer quit late last year after the company’s stock plummeted, and its new CEO halted all new development starts and new land acquisition. ProLogis/Catellus also pulled out of the running to redevelop the Oakland Army Base.

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