Alameda Journal: Alameda officials to consider accepting former Navy base property, May 16, 2013


The city is expected to soon take control of about 1,370 acres of the former Alameda Naval Air Station from the federal government, a move that city officials say will help ease the way toward redeveloping the land.

On Tuesday, the City Council will consider adopting a resolution approving the conveyance of the property -- which is divided into 66 parcels -- from the U.S. Navy. It consists of 509 acres of land and 870 acres of property under San Francisco Bay just off the former base, now known as Alameda Point.

The parcels have restrictions on how they may be redeveloped based on what they were once used for and how much environmental clean-up they need.

The land could be turned over to the city as soon as the end of this month or early June, according to Jennifer Ott, the city's chief operating officer for Alameda Point.

"The detailed parcelization will allow the city to assemble and sell parcels for private development with clear information about the specific conditions relevant to each parcel," Ott said in a background report for the council. "If fewer, larger parcels had been created instead, environmental restrictions and notifications would appear on deeds for many areas that do not need them potentially, creating a challenge in understanding which restrictions and notifications would apply to which portions of each parcel."