Mercury News: Planning Board to weigh Alameda Point economic development, November 21, 2012


ALAMEDA -- Creating a sense of place, improving infrastructure and capitalizing on existing businesses should be part of any strategy by city officials to boost economic development at the former Alameda Naval Air Station, the Planning Board will hear Monday.

A goal behind drafting a strategy -- which will feature input from the board when the City Council reviews it next month -- is to create jobs in the area now known as Alameda Point. The 918-acre site covers about one-third of the Island.

Attracting new businesses will also boost the city's lease revenue, helping to finance overall redevelopment at the former base, according to Lori Taylor, the city's Community Development Department director.