City officials restart planning process for Point
City officials have restarted the process for redeveloping Alameda Point, setting a series of meetings with community members, the city’s advisory bodies, developers and existing Point tenants in the hopes that a loose plan can be ready to go by June 2011.
“We want any information we can glean from the community about their priorities,” Planning Services Manager Andrew Thomas told the City Council, which was sitting as the Alameda Reuse and Redevelopment Authority, on Wednesday night.
The eight-month outreach effort will begin with a trio of two-hour community meetings. They’re hoping to talk about lessons learned through past planning efforts, differing perspectives on what should be done at the Point and ideas for economic development at the Point. The forums are scheduled for November 9 at Grand View Pavilion, November 18 at Mastick Senior Center and December 8 at the Albert H. DeWitt Officers Club on Alameda Point.
Materials will also be available online so that people who can’t make the meetings can still participate in the outreach process. City staffers will ask participants for their thoughts on land use, community facilities, streets, parks, open space, transportation and access, architectural character, historical character and adaptive reuse.
In January and February, city staff will talk with city board and commissions and host forums for Point tenants and businesses and developers. Staff will present what they’ve learned to the council in March.
City staff said they hope to have a vision concept plan ready to go in June 2011, and they hope to begin an environmental study of that plan at that point.
Meanwhile, city staff are holding biweekly meetings with the Navy to talk about moving forward on transferring the Point to the city.
“We’re called a legacy base. From 1993. It doesn’t make them look good for us to be on their books, either,” Deputy City Manager Jennifer Ott said.