The Alamedan: Council considers lease for ferry maintenance facility, March 3, 2015
The City Council is set to consider leasing a waterfront site that could be home to the first construction project at Alameda Point – a maintenance and operations center for the Bay Area’s public ferry service.
Tonight, the council will consider offering initial approval of a 60-year lease granting the Water Emergency Transportation Authority a spot on West Hornet Avenue to build its planned four-story Central Bay Operations and Maintenance Center. If the council okays the lease, construction of the $45 million to $50 million project could begin in January and the facility could be ready to open by May 2017.
The Sierra Club is asking the council to delay its approval of the lease, over concerns the new facility could erase critical habitat for San Francisco Bay-dwelling harbor seals. The seals have been using a deteriorating recreational pier as a resting and birthing area, and while an agreement with the ferry service to replace it is promised, it has yet to be inked.