The Alamedan: Development Alert, September 8, 2014
More Point finalists picked: At its September 16 meeting, the City Council will consider a pair of finalists to develop 82 acres of Alameda Point where city leaders are hoping to see either a commercial campus user or premium outlet mall. Catellus and Mission Bay Development Group are the two finalists the council will consider moving forward with. City staffers sent out a request for qualifications in May seeking developers interested in building on a 68-acre portion of the Point where hundreds of new homes and businesses to serve those new residents are planned and for this adjacent 82-acre property. Four development teams submitted proposals by the deadline, and three were considered by a panel that included city staffers, representatives from local business groups and existing Alameda Point tenants. The panel originally picked Mission Bay Development Group and CIM Group as its finalists but the latter developer withdrew its proposal, a staff report says, citing uncertainty about the market for commercial users at the Point. Both Catellus and Mission Bay are proposing build-to-suit development for corporate users that can include office, research and development, light industrial and other commercial uses.
The planning department has seen quite a bit of commercial permit activity over the last several weeks, much of it at Alameda Landing. TRI Pointe Homes will be installing a “shade sail structure” at what’s now being called Village Green Park, while work continues on a Michael’s craft store and a Panda Express. Performance Structures Inc., which makes big metal sculptures often erected outside corporate office buildings, was issued a certificate of occupancy for 1500 Ferry Point at Alameda Point, and Alameda Island Brewing Company got one for a brew house and tasting area at 1716 Park Street.