Alameda Sun: City to Study Point's Impact on Chinatown
At last week's meeting the Planning Board approved an Oakland Chinatown Advisory Commission request to proceed with an environmental impact report to study the impact that SunCal's development at Alameda Point would have on traffic in Oakland's Chinatown. OCAC includes two Alameda representatives, Planning Board chair Marilyn Ezzy Aschraft and former Base Reuse Advisory Committee member Lee Perez.
OCAC made the request on Aug. 6. Chinatown's central business district lies near Webster and Harrison streets, both heavily affected by traffic entering Oakland by way of the Posey Tube. Traffic leaving Oakland for Alameda through the Webster Tube impacts traffic on Broadway between Sixth and Tenth streets on the western edge of Chinatown.
A settlement agreement among the city of Oakland, the city of Alameda, Asian Health Services and the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce created OCAC in 2004. According to a September 2006 OCAC director's report the committee was "born out of adversarial circumstances over the Alameda Point Redevelopment Project that cumulated in the filing of multiple lawsuits."