East Bay Times: Alameda may hire firm in bid to attract tech companies to former base, November 15, 2017


Buildings that once housed U.S. Navy sailors could be transformed into a campus for a technology company under a city proposal.

Known as the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ), the buildings are on 21 acres and have been mostly vacant since the Alameda Naval Air Station closed more than 20 years ago. Efforts to use them for civilian housing have long stalled.

Now city officials are hoping the buildings, which also have been routinely vandalized, can be turned into places where a tech company may want to locate, especially since the large aircraft hangars at the former base are already leased.

Tech companies often repurpose and occupy historic buildings, such as Airbnb, which made its headquarters at a former warehouse in San Francisco’s SoMa district. City officials consider the former Navy barracks to be in a key location of the former base, now known as Alameda Point.