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Landing may be back in gear

Submitted by on 1, July 19, 2010 – 4:45 am3 Comments

Representatives for Catellus, the developer the city selected to build the Alameda Landing project on 97 acres of former Navy property near the College of Alameda, said they may be ready to being asking city leaders for preliminary approvals for the project early next year.

Sean Whiskeman, Catellus’ Oakland-based regional vice president for retail, said his company hopes to start doing demolition and early construction work in 2011. And Target is still moving forward with plans to build a 139,000-square-foot store as part of the first phase of the project. Whiskeman said the developer has a “handshake” deal with the retailer for a new store that they hope will hope in the fall of 2012.

“They are very much here,” he told attendees at Thursday’s special Planning Board and Economic Development Commission meeting, which was held at Otaez Mexican Restaurant.

Whiskeman said he has also talked to some grocers, though he wouldn’t name names. He said he’s hoping to bring a high-end grocer, one to two anchor tenants and a host of smaller shops to the project.

Facing a poor office market, the developer may seek to build other uses allowed under that designation, which include senior housing and hotels, Whiskeman said. He said they may also seek a “campus” user for some of the space. The company had hoped to bring Clif Bar to the development, but the deal ran aground over timing and the cost of dealing with a forest of rotting, concrete piers, Whiskeman said.

He said he’s also looking to be part of efforts to revitalize the Webster Street commercial corridor, which was the subject of the discussion that preceded his report.

The company officially put the development on hold in December 2008, as the economy – and the real estate market – tanked. Catellus’s plan was to build 300 homes, 300,000 square feet of retail and 400,000 square feet of office space.


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