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Discussions on future of Alameda Point continue

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Members of the City Council are set to discuss future plans for Alameda Point at a meeting tonight where city staff are asking them to okay a contract with a San Francisco-based firm they hope will define a fresh vision and project description for revitalizing the former Navy base.

City staff are asking council members, sitting as the Alameda Reuse and Redevelopment Agency board, to okay a $200,000 contract with San Francisco’s Perkins + Will to conduct community meetings and to come up with a Point plan by September. The amount would be included in an $887,000 planning budget for the effort.

Staffers are hoping to be ready to move forward on fresh development at the Point by July 2013, according to a staff report for tonight’s meeting.

City staff have already held meetings with community members and Point tenants, and they are planning “several days of interviews” with developers and other industry professionals this month. The results of those discussions and the earlier forums will be presented to the council in April.

Staff said they have been getting calls from developers regarding the status of the Point project and that they’ve created a list of developers who might be interested in working on the project. More to come on that.

Also on tonight’s agenda, city staff is asking council members to reserve Building 22 on the Point for a food and beverage tenant.

Representatives for Mariner Square Athletic Inc., which runs the Mariner Square Athletic Club, wants to lease the building to run an exercise and training facility until the club’s planned new home in the long-stalled Alameda Landing development is completed. But the city’s lease with Bladium requires the city to get permission before siting another athletic facility on the base, and they said Bladium’s owners haven’t offered it.

The hangar sits in the same row as Hangar One and Rock Wall Wine Company, city staff said in a report. Mariner Square wants to create a training facility for youth, college and professional athletes, as well as a tactical training center for members of the military and public safety.

At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, the council unanimously appointed a 10-person community advisory group to help them select a new city manager.

Community members appointed to the group were: Golf Commission president Jane Sullwold; former League of Women Voters of Alameda president Kate Quick; Carl Chan, a local political mover and shaker and owner of Claremont Realty in Oakland; Park Street Business Association president Robb Ratto; Bladium owner Brad Shook; Jeff Cambra of the Alameda Business Alliance; Health Care District Board president Jordan Battani; College of Alameda President Jannett Jackson; Alameda Point Collaborative director Doug Biggs; and Board of Education vice president Margie Sherratt.

The group will be one of three to vet the three finalists for the job, who The Island learned last week are Oakland City Attorney John Russo; Alameda’s former assistant city manager, David Brandt; and Millbrae City Manager Marcia Raines. Panels of city department heads and union leaders will also meet with the finalists.

The council also okayed a plan to raise parking ticket fines for more than two dozen offenses, with changes suggested by Park Street Business Association president Robb Ratto. City staff had suggested fees for most of the offenses of between $40 and $60, up from $30 to $35.

The council also signed off on a quarterly sales tax report that saw receipts drop by 4 percent over the last quarter of 2010, led by a 29 percent decline in tax revenue from the Harbor Bay Business Park and a 19 percent decline at Bridgeside Center. Several other parts of the Island saw receipts rise, however, with sales tax revenues in the Marina Village Business Park growing by 60 percent and the Marina Village Shopping Center growing by 25 percent. Overall the city took in $1.36 million in the final quarter of 2010, down $53,637 from the same quarter in 2009.


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