Council to consider fire cleanup bill
The City Council is being asked to okay $1.6 million in contracts to demolish and haul away the remains of a medical records depot on the Navy’s former Fleet Industrial Supply Center, which burned on March 29.
The contractors – FERMA Corporation and Vista Environmental Consulting – are the same ones that Catellus, which was slated to develop the FISC site, had planned to use to demolish the building themselves, before their plans stalled.
The bulk of the money will be paid with Alameda Point and FISC lease revenues. The Point generates about $12 million in lease revenues a year. Catellus would pay the money back if they proceed with development plans for the FISC site, according to this staff report.
Officials from Catellus, whose development plans stalled out along with the company and the economy, have told the council they are pursuing plans to build a standalone Target on the site.
The council will sit as one if its alter egos, the Alameda Reuse and Redevelopment Authority board, to make the decision.
The board is being asked to approve the contracts without a competitive bid because city staff has determined that a public emergency exists at the site, requiring quicker action than would be allowed by a regular bidding process.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District has ordered the city, which owns the property, to clean up the fire debris because it could contain hazardous materials. The building was known to contain asbestos and lead.
Oh, and on a arely related subejct, I know a few folks had asked if they could get a copy of the just released consultant’s report on fire operations. The city just posted it.