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City officials considering new Point property manager

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City officials may seek out a new property manager to handle tenants at Alameda Point, City Manager Ann Marie Gallant said Wednesday.

Gallant told City Council members at a meeting Wednesday that city staff has been talking about looking for a new property manager for the Point since January. She said she planned to request proposals for the job next month.

“It’s always a good idea to revisit things and dust things off since life changes,” Gallant said.

She said she’d seek out firms who have additional abilities in light of the city’s potential change of plans for the former Naval base; the council’s decision to jettison SunCal as master developer in July could mean more long-term leases at the Point and more thinking about what kinds of businesses will be placed there.

“It’s not just renting properties and collecting money,” Gallant said. “And it’s always a good time to make sure you’re getting the best price.”

Mayor Beverly Johnson said the base’s existing property manager, PM Realty Group, was hired by former Point developer Alameda Point Community Partners and not city officials, and she said the contract with that company has lapsed. And Johnson said she’s gotten “a lot of complaints” abut the firm over the years, including a recent one from veterans who sought to hold a parade at the Point.

“They’re not very customer friendly,” Johnson said. “What might have been the right answer five or six years ago probably isn’t the same firm we’d use today.”

Councilwoman Lena Tam said that while she had strong feelings about PM Realty she didn’t want to comment on the property manager or Gallant’s plans, because she was concerned that doing so would violate state open meetings law because the discussion wasn’t on the council’s agenda. Other council members also remained silent on the topic.

Meanwhile, council members said they weren’t interested in moving forward on a proposal put forward by Gallant to expand the Alameda Reuse and Redevelopment Agency board, which is essentially an additional hat worn by council members. The board oversees redevelopment and other economic efforts at Alameda Point.

Councilwoman and mayor-elect Marie Gilmore said she didn’t like the idea of putting unelected representatives on the board, a sentiment echoed by others on the council.

“An expansion to undermine my (power as an) elected official I would find myself very uncomfortable with, and I would not allow it to occur,” said Vice Mayor Doug deHaan, who served on advisory boards that predated the creation of the board.

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