City staff assembling Point planning team
City staffers plan to solicit bids from an array of consulting firms who they hope will help Alameda come up with a fresh vision for Alameda Point. A national search is expected to begin in the next few weeks, city staffers are set to report to the City Council tonight.
The selected firms will also be pre-qualified to receive other consulting jobs from the city, and the solicitation may also request bids for professional service firms whose expertise isn’t required for the Point, a staff report to be presented tonight to the council, which will be sitting as the Alameda Redevelopment and Reuse Authority, says.
City officials are looking for consultants with expertise in land use planning and design, civil engineering, transportation planning, adaptive reuse and fiscal impact and financial analysis to help create a Point plan by June 2011.
The city will also be hosting a series of community forums to ask residents what they’d like to see at Alameda Point. The forums are set for November 9 at Grandview Pavilion, 300 Island Drive; November 18 at Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Avenue; and December 8 at the Albert H. DeWitt Officer’s Club, 641 West Redline Drive. The two-hour meetings will all begin at 6:30 p.m.
In other Point news, city staff will also ask the council to pay a $16,162 bill for a consultant three nonprofit housing providers hired to study the potential for relocating and consolidating their housing. The Alameda Point Collaborative, Operation Dignity and Building Futures with Women and Children agreed to conduct the study if then-Point developer SunCal paid for it, but the developer has rebuffed repeated requests to pay the final bill, the report says.
Staff are also asking the council to pay another $50,000 to complete the study.