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Join us January 25: Encinal Terminals Planning Board Workshop

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Over the past several months, we have hosted a series of community meetings to gather feedback to inform our plans for Encinal Terminals, along Alameda’s Northern Waterfront.

Now, with your input in mind, we are in the early stages of creating a master plan for Encinal Terminals to submit to the City of Alameda, beginning with a Planning Board Workshop.

We hope that you will join us to continue to provide your ideas about this unique waterfront opportunity for Alameda.

City of Alameda’s Encinal Terminals Planning Board Workshop
Monday, January 25, 7:00 p.m.
Alameda City Hall

Please review additional details for the meeting, along with the City staff report for the item here.

Join Us December 10: Encinal Terminals Planning Meeting #4

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Dear Neighbor:

You are invited to a neighborhood planning workshop regarding development of the Encinal Terminals site, located on the Northern Waterfront of Alameda.

This workshop is a follow up to the meetings held on October 10th, October 22nd and November 16th, and will allow attendees another opportunity to provide input on the development of the waterfront site.

Please join us on Thursday, December 10th from 6:45 PM until 9:00 PM at the Mastick Senior Center Social Hall located at 1155 Santa Clara Avenue in Alameda.

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you on the 10th.

Tim Lewis Communities

Join Us – Encinal Terminals Planning Meeting #2

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At our 10/10 site tour and 10/22 community meeting, we received some great feedback from members of the community about the possibilities for re-developing Encinal Terminals.

We want to ensure everyone has a chance to make their voice heard about the future of this unique property. If you missed the last meeting, you will have a second chance to provide your input at our next forum. The agenda and format for the next forum will be identical to that from our meeting on 10/22.

When: Monday, November 16th 7-8:30p
Where: Mastick Senior Center Social Hall, 1155 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda

Also, mark your calendars for December 10th 7-8:30 p.m. at Mastick Senior Center Social Hall for a presentation incorporating feedback we received from you at the meetings in October and November.

These events are open to the community. Please feel free to share this invitation with anyone you think might add value to the conversation and share our event link on Facebook to your social networks.

– Tim Lewis Communities

The Encinal Terminals

Neighborhood Planning Meeting on 10/22

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Join us for a neighborhood planning meeting regarding development of the Encinal Terminals site, located on the Northern Waterfront of Alameda.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, October 22nd from 7:00 PM until 8:30 PM. You will have the opportunity to provide input on the development of the waterfront site.

The meeting will be held at the Mastick Senior Center Social Hall located at 1155 Santa Clara Avenue in Alameda.

Alameda: Plans to redevelop Del Monte warehouse to go forward

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By Peter Hegarty


ALAMEDA — A plan to build housing in the landmark Del Monte warehouse on Buena Vista Avenue will go forward after the City Council opted unanimously Tuesday not to rescind a decision that greenlighted the project.

Mayor Trish Spencer placed the proposal to rescind the master plan and development agreement that developer Tim Lewis Communities had secured with the city last month on the agenda, saying she wanted an opportunity for herself and the two council members who were elected in November to weigh in on the issue.
But on Tuesday most of the approximately 50 public speakers urged the council to allow the developer’s plan to go ahead, including some who said reversing the Dec. 16 decision could discourage future investment in the city.

Among those calling for the decision to stand was Councilman Tony Daysog, who voted against approving the ordinances last month, when he said more study was needed on the potential traffic generated by the project.

A repeal could expose the city to costly litigation, Daysog said, and that negotiating for less housing at the site or securing other possible benefits was not worth the risk to the city’s finances.

He was echoed by Council members Jim Oddie and Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, who noted that the developer has pledged $2 million toward the Jean Sweeney Open Space Park and $5 million for other city parks.

“Stop and think about what we would be leaving on the table and what we would lose if we rescind this deal and not go forward,” Ashcraft said.

Along with opting not to reverse the December decision, the council supported Vice Mayor Frank Matarrese’s call for city officials to prepare a report for a moratorium on “density bonuses,” which allow developers to build additional housing units in exchange for also building more affordable units or providing public amenities.

The issue was not fully addressed before the Del Monte project was approved, Matarrese said.

He also said the project should have been reviewed within the context of the overall redevelopment of the city’s northern waterfront.

As with Spencer, Matarrese and Oddie were elected in November.

Tim Lewis Communities plans to build up to 414 apartments, lofts and townhouses and at least 30,000 square feet of commercial and retail space on the Del Monte site. It includes two vacant lots between the 240,000-square-foot warehouse and Sherman Street.

The Roseville-based developer will put 308 of the housing units within the approximately 5-acre building and provide 415 parking spaces for the residents. Clement Avenue will be extended as part of the project.

The red brick exterior of the building, one of the city’s 30 designated landmarks, will be maintained under the plan, while a new walkway will be cut through it to allow public access to the Oakland-Alameda Estuary. The project also will include changes to some nearby streets to make them more bike- and pedestrian-friendly.

Built in 1927 for California Packing, the Del Monte warehouse stretches 1,000 feet long. A business now rents part of the warehouse as a distribution facility.

While most public speakers urged the council to go forward with the project, others backed repealing the ordinances, saying the project needed more scrutiny and that it was wrong for the previous council to approve it just before leaving office.

Mike Henneberry, president of the Planning Board, said last month’s approval followed a string of public hearings and that the process was “lengthy, sound and fully transparent.”

Those calling for a repeal simply opposed development in the city, Henneberry said.

“It’s about politics and not about the process,” he said.

Community activist Jon Spangler said other proposals to redevelop the Del Monte warehouse stalled and never even came before the council.

“I am glad to see something finally getting done with that derelict property, and I don’t mean as a warehouse for a big box retailer,” Spangler said.
Reach Peter Hegarty at 510-748-1654 or follow him on Twitter.com/Peter_Hegarty.