East Bay Express: Rebuilding an East Bay Manufacturing Base


Alameda is in the process of deciding how to redevelop its former Naval Air Station. City leaders had once favored building a mixed-use development there with more than 4,800 homes. But now, some are saying they'd like to see some light industry return.

"I think it's a growing market," Alameda City Councilman Frank Matarrese said. "We can get startups, midlevel manufacturers, or small manufacturers. We can fill that niche."

Matarrese is hoping to build on existing industries that are leasing space out at Alameda Point, which include maritime uses and wine and specialty beverages produced by St. George Spirits and Rock Wall Wine Company.