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Submitted by on 1, March 4, 2009 – 7:45 amNo Comment

alameda-point-jetLotta news to report out at Alameda Point this week, folks, starting with this: The city and developer SunCal are expecting to get feedback from the Navy by the end of March on changes they’ve asked to make in the terms for handing over the former military base.

Items they’re negotiating to change include the amount of property to be handed over, responsibility for the environmental cleanup (as in, will the Navy do it or can they hire private resources) – and the $108 million price tag for the land plus charges for every home that is built there.

SunCal’s slated to offer the unclassified version of its pro forma for the project Wednesday night to the city council, when it sits as the city’s redevelopment board (the rest, they say, is confidential). If news breaks out (dollar figures!), we’ll let you know.

Another hot topic for Wednesday night: Leasing guidelines for autocross events at the Point. Apparently there’s a Porsche Club that holds racing events on the Northwest Territories portion of the base, and they want to expand the amount and type of events they host out there. The board will consider allowing the use of a portion of the territories for racing events on the weekends the Antiques & Collectibles Faire isn’t there. (Police had been concerned that the events could lead to offsite races, but they said they’ll try what the Porsche folks have done in other communities to keep that problem at bay.)

Other uses, which included car, boat and RV shows; circuses; and rodeos can’t be considered until the Navy is done cleaning things up out there.

Speaking of the cleanup, here’s an interesting tidbit: The Navy has put forth its proposals for cleaning up an old landfill site at the Point  contaminated with, among other things, radioactive dirt. Their preferred alternative, covering it up with three feet of dirt, would cost an estimated $21 million; removing the contaminated soil and replacing it with clean fill, which is what some city leaders have said they want to see, would cost $903 million, the Navy estimates.

And last but not least, lease news: The board should vote tonight on a new lease for the USS Hornet Museum that would reduce its rent again … and the Navy wants to change its lease agreement with the city to take some buildings (some leased, some not) and a portion of the Seaplane Lagoon back for cleanup activities.

Want more? Here’s the redevelopment board packet.

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