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Monday Poll: What do you want to see at Alameda Point?

Submitted by on 1, January 24, 2011 – 12:02 am17 Comments

Once again, we find ourselves being asked: What’s your vision for Alameda Point? Do you see a new neighborhood of homes and businesses, light industry, a giant park? City officials are once again asking local residents to let them know what they want the Point to look like some day, and we’re asking: What would you most like to see there? Tell us your top priority by answering the poll below feel free to embellish on your overall vision in the comments section.


What's your top priority for the Point?

  • Parks/recreational facilities (41%, 43 Votes)
  • Jobs (34%, 36 Votes)
  • Homes (18%, 19 Votes)
  • Historic preservation (4%, 4 Votes)
  • Just keep it the way it is (3%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 105

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  • J. Blake says:

    Those of us that live on the West End also really need more shopping options. Please build a shopping center with groceries, and ideally a Target. I loved the old plans with a prominade along the water and restaurants we could walk to. We also need better access off island – i.e. another bridge, so those of us on the west end can ride a bike to work.

  • jb says:

    I would really like to see homes AND jobs out there. The two needn’t be mutually exclusive, you know. Does Alameda really need another Bayport or Harbor Bay Business Park? How about a mixed use, walkable, bike/transit-friendly community with its own “downtown” consisting of ground level retail with affordable apartments upstairs so my kids can have some hope of remaining in Alameda when they’re grown. And when they are past the studio apartment phase of their lives, perhaps they might find a reasonably priced starter home out there, as well.

    Alternatively, particularly if a small percentage of Alamedans again sink basic funding for our schools, we could send our uneducated, unmotivated, maybe even criminal youth to the Point to build and staff an amusement park or a prison. We could probably even get millions from the state for a prison!

  • jb says:

    Of course, no matter what else happens out there, the absolute most important thing, above all else, is that nobody ever, ever , ever gets to spell it, “Alameda Pointe”!

  • Lorri Garrett says:

    Bring back Neptune Beach with a nice hotel and restaurants along the waterfront to relax and check out the gorgeous views. A little Santa Cruz without the deep fried Twinkies.

  • Mike says:

    Given the possibility of future lawsuits over toxic waste, the guaranteed increase in traffic and ongoing development issues, it would be great if most of it could be a regional park. At least that way there’d be something in it for the current residents of Alameda.

  • Isadora Alman, MFT says:

    I would love to see something like the Berkeley Labs and a Veterans’ Administration hospital and service center.

  • barbara kahn says:

    The vision that Peter Calthorpe presented of a community of mixed housing, shopping etc in walking distance is my idea of what that beautiful spot should offer. I live in Bayport–nice house, but no community to speak of. Residents have to drive any time they need something–from groceries to a household need. I walk my dogs,, and there is never another person in sight. When you read about a community somewhere uniting to help a neighbor you realize that that could not happen here. We have an opportunity in Alameda to build something that is forward looking, and in keeping with the community feeling of Alameda.

  • Wayne Dominguez says:

    Alameda Point wish list

    1) Senior housing w/a view

    2) Sports complex- soccer, lacrosse, m/f softball, walking,running and skating paths

    3)Small mall to support senior needs and the needs of vistors

    4)Performing arts theater (live concerts)

    5)Golf range

    6)Shuttle bus system on weekends to support Webster Street Merchants
    for folks attending events

    7) Host Farmers Market

    8) Enhanced ferry service to hosted events

  • Jon Spangler says:

    The either/or choices in your initial poll are inadequate to the task and do not reflect any of the actual proposals and alternatives we have explored over the last 10-12 years. I chose housing because I believe too many people in 1996 and in 2010-11 are overemphasizing the benefits f an all-jobs scheme at AP and also underestimating the negatives of such an unbalanced priority.

    That said, I still believe that a Peter Calthorpe-style transit-oriented development at AP is best, with mixed uses (housing, commercial, retail, perhaps a Lawrence Berkeley Lab-style campus, etc.) and an overall density that matches the rest of the main island.

    I would propose a lower density than SunCal’s but would want to make sure that the ultimate density would solidly support the island-wide transit infrastructure needed to minimize and reduce traffic congestion overall. (My best guess is that a “minimum TOD floor” for AP is around 3000 – 4000 housing units.) Whatever we build at AP needs to be built to much greener standards than our current building code requires. (Peter Calthorpe envisioned an all-LEED-certified AP that would be energy-neutral and sustainable. I really, really like that.)

    • Jon,

      Thanks for your comment. Just to clarify, the poll is asking people what they value most. I’m encouraging folks to offer more detail – what type of housing or recreational facilities someone might like to see, for instance, or what someone’s overall preferred plan for the Point would be – here in the comments section.

  • Mike B says:

    We need lots of open spaces and parks. We need more outdoor recreational options. Perhaps miniature golf, and outdoor concert pavilion… stuff like that.

    We need shopping options, including a Target. We need a beachfront hotel. And we need the main post office to move there to better use the shoreline that they currently occupy.

    And of course, we’ll have to have a bunch of the street signs that say 25MPH. : )

  • Casey says:

    Specifically with respect to housing, it would make sense to get that dang ferry to Oyster Point finally completed and making Alameda stops. Then market to all the biotechers who work out on the Point. Of course, as someone who works there and wants to ride said danged ferry, I’m biased. But it would address (to some extent) concerns about the additional traffic.

  • ddw says:

    I’ve said it before – convert part of it to a space center or a space R&D facility. You can still have parks, housing, etc.

    Most of the buildings need rehab but with the privatization of the space program, bet you can find companies willing to rehab the buildings – especially the hangers…

  • Paul Kibel says:

    Combined, the developed and unbuilt portions of the former Alameda Naval Air Station present a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a landmark bayfront natural park — a park that could make Alameda a regional, statewide and even national destination, increase local property values and serve as an economic catalyst for other Alameda business enterprises.

    The more contiguous, naturalist and ecologically grand/compelling the park proposal (think Crissy Field, think Golden Gate Park), the more likely it is to garner the interest (and financial support) of the East Bay Regional Park District, and possibly the National Park Service. Conversely, the smaller the park plans (think ballfields and picnic tables), the more likely that the citizens of Alameda will be left to foot the bill for what will be viewed as a park of only local interest and use. As such, from the fiscal and economic perspective of the City of Alameda, a bigger and more magnificent park at Alameda Point actually makes more rather than less sense.

    The Center on Urban Environmental Law (CUEL) at Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco has initiated a project to explore legal, economic and landscaping aspects of this parkland opportunity, to develop a better understanding of what would be involved in creating a place that might be conceptualized (for present purposes) as “Flight Park”. To learn more the prospects for Flight Park, visit the greenspace page at http://www.ggucuel.org.

  • Diana Ariza Kose says:

    I guess I am late to take the poll, but I am so glad to hear these results!

    I would love to see the conservation and renovation/ re-use of most, if not all, existing buildings, and,
    a State -or even National- International- scale:

    Park/ Theater/ Stage/ Public space/ Community and Social support facilities/ Museums/ Knowledge & Experimentation Arenas/ Green-Wild life support/ Etc.

    An extension and celebration of the Spirit of Alameda, in essence.

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