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Second Alameda Point community meeting is tonight

Submitted by on 1, August 26, 2010 – 4:45 am4 Comments

A group of local residents is hosting the second in a series of meetings on the future of Alameda Point from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Auctions By the Bay Theater, 2700 Saratoga Street. The meeting is free and open to the public.

The topic of tonight’s meeting is “Other Base Reuse Developments, Learning From the Experience of Others.” Speakers will include Michael Fassler, associate director of real estate for the Presidio Land Trust; and Doug Yount, director of the Strategic Development Center, City of Marina, which oversees the development at the former Fort Ord. The event will also include a presentation on the reuse development of the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro in the city of Irvine.

An earlier meeting was held August 11 at the Alameda Naval Air Museum, and the final meeting of the series, which will be held on a date to be announced, will be a workshop where organizers will gather public input and create recommendations for moving forward on development at Alameda Point to the city.

So far, organizers said that the consensus among participants in the meeting reflects a desire to redevelop the base with a focus on adaptive reuse of what’s already there.

4 Comments »

  • EastBay2010 says:

    It looks like the organizers only invited folks with experience at adaptive reuse? Will there be another meeting with folks who have had experience with full base reuse?

  • Richard Bangert says:

    EastBay2010, you are mistaken. Last night’s forum was not solely about adaptive reuse. El Toro is a sweeping makeover; the portion of Fort Ord that the City of Marina has planning control over is combo; the Presidio is closer to pure adaptive reuse, although new buildings have been constructed.

    The full video of the first forum is available here:

    http://jwoodardmedia.com/video/100811/

    The video of last night’s forum will be available in about one week.

  • Richard Bangert says:

    An excerpt from last Thursday’s forum on Alameda Point is available on video. The link is on the homepage of Alameda Point Info http://alamedapointinfo.com/

    Doug Yount, formerly of Alameda city staff, is now in charge of the City of Marina’s redevelopment efforts on the parts of Ft. Ord that are under their jurisdiction. He addresses the local city-as-master-developer scenario without offering judgement as to whether it is a good or bad idea for Alameda Point. His experience is worth listening to before a decision is made on where to go from here.

  • ct says:

    It’s surprising that El Toro was presented as a viable example of full base reuse.

    Since November 2009, Ann Marie Gallant, Frank Matarrese, Doug deHaan and Beverly Johnson have expressed recurrent interest in having the City form a nonprofit development corporation modeled on the nonprofit set up by the Irvine City Council for their Orange County Great Park at El Toro. But earlier this year, according to The Orange County Register, “The Orange County grand jury [investigated] allegations of lax financial oversight in the $1.4 billion Great Park project.” And a Los Angeles Times story reports, “The city [of Irvine] has drawn scrutiny in recent years as it has spent $104 million on the Great Park with little to show for it other than a design and a tethered-balloon ride surrounded by a small ‘preview park.’ ”

    It seems El Toro is actually a poor example to follow of full base reuse.

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