Sitting in on their monthly gig as Alameda’s redevelopment board, the City Council got a report Wednesday night on how the Navy’s cleanup plan for Alameda Point squares with SunCal’s development proposal for the site.
Turns out that the Navy has agreed to clean up the land to the standards required to develop the Preliminary Development Concept, and not SunCal’s proposed development plan, which has has not yet been approved by the council or redevelopment board, as the PDC was (and has three times as much housing in it as the PDC).
That means that SunCal would be responsible for getting regulatory approvals and paying for any additional cleanup required by its development plans if they’re approved, Base Reuse Manager Debbie Potter said, unless the Navy agrees otherwise.
But Potter said that environmental regulators have been pushing the Navy to clean up the base so it’s safe for any type of use, including housing, regardless of what developers plan to build there. She said some areas of the base have been cleaned up to that higher standard even though they are slated for commercial or recreational use, for which less cleanup is legally required.
Still, Potter said SunCal has a line item in its project financials for environmental cleanup. That figure has not been disclosed.