Alameda Journal: Ceremony set for land transfer for veterans clinic, columbarium, October 15, 2014


The U.S. Navy will officially transfer land next month to the Department of Veterans Affairs for a veterans health clinic and columbarium at Alameda Point.

The ceremony will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, at 2317 Central Ave.

The outpatient clinic at the former Alameda Naval Air Station will offer health care for at least 9,000 local veterans, while the columbarium will be a national cemetery and eventually house the remains of about 300,000 veterans.

The $210 million project is located near a colony of endangered California least terns, which nest at the former base for about four months each year as they migrate along the West Coast.

Along with the bird colony, the approximately 624-acre site in the northwest of the former military base will be near a future regional park.