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Webster Street

Planning junkies, rejoice: This week brings a slew of meetings about potential developments all over the Island.

First up are a pair of open houses designed to gather your input on plans for Webster Street and Alameda’s Civic Center. The Webster Street meet is scheduled for Tuesday, July 13 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Otaez Mexican Restaurant, 1619 Webster Street. And the Civic Center open house will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 17 at the Carnegie Building, 2264 Santa Clara Avenue.

Anyone interested in learning about the Webster Street plan can also attend a joint meeting of the Planning Board and the Economic Development Commission this Thursday, July 15 at Otaez. That meeting begins at 7 p.m.

The meetings are being held to allow people to view and comment on proposed development strategies assembled by city consultants to improve both areas, with input from interested parties around town.

Draft plans are expected to be presented to the City Council in late September. Slides for an earlier presentation on the Civic Center plan are here. For more information on the Webster Street planning process, call Economic Development Director Leslie Little at 747-6899; for information on the Civic Center plans, call Planning Services Manager Andrew Thomas at 747-6881.

Thursday’s Planning Board meeting will also bring an update on plans for the Alameda Landing development, which was to happen on former Navy land but stalled on the bad economy.

The Planning Board is also being asked to deny developer Francis Collins’ proposal to build 242 housing units on a derelict, 9.5-acre stretch of Clement Street. City staff have been working with Collins and his representatives on a 179-unit plan that could bring the so-called Boatworks development to fruition after 15 years of efforts.

Meeting schedule:

Tuesday, July 13: Webster Street Visioning, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Otaez Mexican Restaurant, 1619 Webster Street

Thursday, July 15: Planning Board/Economic Development Commission meeting, 7 p.m., Otaez Mexican Restaurant, 1619 Webster Street

Saturday, July 17: Civic Center Plan, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Carnegie Building, 2264 Santa Clara Avenue

One Comment »

  • Jon Spangler says:

    I am concerned that, once again, the West End and Webster Street are getting the short straw when it comes to allocating Alameda’s redevelopment resources.

    While the Interim City Manager has spent valuable and limited city funds on a no-public-input “vision” for the Civic Center that would cost millions of dollars that we do not have. At the same time the Webster Street commercial center gets another repetitive back-to-the-drawing-board “vision” process. (All this while the Webster Renaissance Project remains unfulfilled and unbuilt.)

    And while the city is pushing these two commercial redevelopment projects on Park and Webster Streets, it appears that City staff are doing everything in their power to keep Alameda Point from ever being completely cleaned up and redeveloped by opposing Suncal’s efforts to accommodate Alameda’s byzantine and NIMBYesque political landscape without its long-promised partner…

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