UPDATED SUNCAL SUBMITS SIGNATURES
Updated 11:42 a.m. Thursday, September 24
This just in: SunCal has submitted the petition signatures for its ballot measure that spells out the developer’s plans for Alameda Point, and its development agreement with the city.
The developer hopes to have the measure before voters in 2010.
This morning, the developer submitted 9,618 signatures to City Clerk Lara Weisiger. They needed 6,369 to qualify for the ballot.
Weisiger will send the signatures today to the Alameda County Registrar of Voters – along with requests from 557 people who said they want their names off the petitions – for a random sampling they’ll conduct to determine whether there are enough valid signatures to move forward. The check could be completed as soon as November 4.
If a complete check is needed, that could be completed by December 21.
“This is a very exciting day for all Alameda because it means that for the first time the city’s voters will get the chance to decide the fate of Alameda Point,” Council member Lena Tam was quoted as saying in a press release from SunCal’s reps. “As people learn more about this plan to clean up and convert the dilapidated former Navy base into a productive new neighborhood, I am sure they will join me in supporting it.”
The release also quoted Doug Siden, our local member of the East Bay Regional Park District board and chair of a committee that supports the initiative.
“This initiative will transform an underused and decaying old military base into a vibrant new mixed-use, transit-oriented neighborhood,” Siden was quoted as saying. “The new Alameda Point neighborhood will feature parks, schools, shoreline access and many other important civic improvements.”
Opponents Protect the Point are gearing up to fight the plan. From Protect the Point’s Dave Needle:
They have moved forward despite the more than 500 people who have taken their name off the petition; they have done this despite the opposition of the Alameda Chamber of Commerce; and they have done this despite the fact that their proposal will take away Alameda’s ability to negotiate in its best interest.
They’re fearful that SunCal could abandon the Point or that the development could cost the city money it doesn’t have.
The plan includes 4,841 new homes, 3.2 million square feet of office space, 350,000 square feet of retail space, 145 acres of parks and open space, a school, bike trails, boat slips and more.
Last week, SunCal announced the formation of a new community advisory group that supports the initiative, and in addition to Tam, Mayor Beverly Johnson has voiced support for it, appearing on mailers and auto-calls in support. But this week, Alameda’s Chamber of Commerce said that while it supports the plan, it is against the initiative.
More to come.