Urban Land: Urbanizing a Former Naval Air Station in San Francisco Bay, August 24, 2018


Planning Alameda Point Development

Over 556 acres (225 ha) remain to be redeveloped on Alameda Point west of Main Street, where the city has dealt with a variety of setbacks, including unfulfilled agreements with a consortium of master developers, the Great Recession, developer withdrawals, and the 2009 defeat of Ballot Measure B, which would have approved a 300-page agreement with Irvine-based SunCal to develop the site; 85 percent of the voters opposed the measure on fears of traffic paralysis to and from an island connected to the mainland by only four bridges. It is on these western sites where a third consortium of developers is in negotiations to redevelop the first 68 acres (28 ha) of western Alameda Point. The city has divided the western land into four subareas:
– A 125-acre (51 ha) waterfront town center neighborhood surrounding the southern seaplane lagoon for a mixture of retail, residential, and office uses.
– A 108-acre (44 ha) main street neighborhood for a mixture of housing types with supportive services.
– A 216-acre (87 ha) adaptive use subarea containing over 2 million square feet (186,000 sq m) of existing buildings, including the “big whites”—22 interlinked two-story office buildings, one of which is City Hall West. Their location across a one-acre (0.4 ha) green perpendicular to another green and street couplet makes them appropriate for institutional and office uses. Other buildings in that subarea are adaptable for light manufacturing, distilleries, and other food-related businesses.
– A 107-acre (43 ha) enterprise subarea for research, industrial, and office development.