The latest little wrinkle in the ongoing Alameda Point cleanup saga lies due north of the Seaplane Lagoon, in the vicinity of the former aircraft maintenance facility housed by Building 5. The city has long planned to build housing on the site. But the Navy isn’t planning to clean the entire site up to residential standards.
A draft feasibility study put together by the Navy – one of several steps in the cleanup process for the site – contemplates several options for cleaning up the site, which is contaminated with petroleum, radioactive materials and more. But under the Navy’s plans, a portion of the site that sits south of West Tower Road (and Building 5) would only be cleaned up to a level that would be safe for industrial or commercial use.
Both the preliminary development concept for the Point and SunCal’s development plan envision housing at the site.
The city council, meanwhile, sitting as the Island’s redevelopment authority, is planning to send a letter to go along with the final feasibility study, which is due in late September. A proposed cleanup plan is due in April 2010.
Meanwhile, the Navy has issued a press release on its cleanup efforts, with a reminder that it’ll be up to SunCal – and not the Navy – to manage and pay for any cleanup efforts needed in order to proceed with development efforts that are outside the scope of the city’s preliminary development concept, which the Navy says it is using as its guide for cleanup efforts.
Per the June 10 release:
In those instances where the DON (Department of Navy) planned cleanup does not match the new SunCal Specific Plan, it will be the responsibility, and financial obligation, of the developer to coordinate with the appropriate regulatory authorities to determine what actions must be taken to ensure the revised development plan is protective of human health and the environment.