Alameda Journal: Alameda OKs Navy proposal to transfer land to VA, March 8, 2013


ALAMEDA -- The City Council has signed off on a proposal from the Navy to transfer land at Alameda Point to Veterans Affairs that had been earmarked for the city, despite some saying the public did not receive enough notice about the plan.

The aim of turning over the 74 acres that was expected to become open space is to create a buffer between a colony of endangered California least terns and a health clinic and columbarium that VA plans to build at the former military base.

Along with voting 3-2 on Tuesday to authorize City Manager John Russo to send a letter to the Navy supporting the change, the council approved a nonbinding agreement with VA that will help clear the way for the construction of utilities and a new roadway for the project.