Memo from City Manager to City Council regarding Alameda Point Bladium Tentative Parcel Map Application, February 21, 2017
1. Contextual Map of Parcel Map Area
2. Bladium Tentative Parcel Map #10600 prepared by Carlson, Barbee & Gibson, Inc.
3. Map of Bladium Parcel Map Reciprocal Use Areas
The United States Navy has transferred approximately 547 acres of property at Alameda Point to the City of Alameda divided into numerous parcels, based primarily on environmental conditions. The detailed parcelization from the Navy allows the City to assemble and sell parcels for private ownership with clear information about the specific environmental conditions relevant to each original parcel. However, the original parcels from the Navy do not follow the arrangement of existing buildings and proposed streets and must be reconfigured and subdivided to meet future reuse and development needs.
In January 2014, the Planning Board recommended approval of the zoning ordinance amendment creating the Alameda Point zoning district (Alameda Municipal Code 30-4.24), the Alameda Point Master Infrastructure Plan (MIP) and other entitlements for the reuse and redevelopment of Alameda Point. In February 2014, the City Council approved the Alameda Point zoning ordinance amendment, MIP and other entitlements. In July 2014, the City Council approved the Waterfront Town Center Precise Plan for Alameda Point (Town Center Plan). The zoning ordinance amendment, MIP, and Town Center Plan establish the uses, regulations and arrangement of streets, parking areas, and buildings for Alameda Point.
Now that the City owns much of Alameda Point and the major entitlements are in place, the City Council has recently entered into long-term leases with options to purchase with tenants for key buildings and property within strategic areas of the Adaptive Reuse sub-district of the Alameda Point zoning district (Adaptive Reuse Area), including areas along West Tower Avenue and West Monarch Street. The Bladium, a commercial recreational facility and sports complex along West Tower Avenue, has a long-term lease with an option to purchase and now desires to purchase their building. As a result, the City must create a legal parcel before selling the property to Bladium (Exhibits 1 and 2).
In 2016, the City subdivided two other areas in the Adaptive Reuse Area along West Tower Avenue and West Monarch Street on 31.8 and 38.9 acres, respectively. All of these areas, including the Bladium parcel, also fall within the Naval Air Station Alameda Historic District (Historic District). The commercial recreation uses planned for the Bladium parcel are consistent with the vision for Alameda Point contained within the Town Center Plan, zoning and other approved entitlements.