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November 2016

Groundbreaking at Historic Del Monte Warehouse

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By Peter Hegarty – East Bay Times

ALAMEDA — City officials joined the developer that will transform the former Del Monte warehouse into housing and retail on Monday for a groundbreaking at the landmark site.

Mayor Trish Spencer and others sank shovels into the earth to mark the beginning of the project’s first phase — the construction of 31 affordable units.

The units, which will include senior housing, will be built on what was once a parking lot for the warehouse at Sherman Street and Buena Vista Avenue. They are expected to be available next year.

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Construction Begins on Revitalization of Historic Del Monte Warehouse

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Local Officials, Community Leaders Gather for Senior Affordable Housing Groundbreaking Ceremony

ALAMEDA, CA, November 16, 2016 — On Monday (November 14th), local officials and community members joined real estate developer, Tim Lewis Communities, and the Housing Authority of the City of Alameda to celebrate the groundbreaking of Star Harbor’s Warehouse 48 (formerly the Del Monte Warehouse) and the adjacent Senior Affordable Housing Building at the corner of Sherman Street and Buena Vista Avenue.

Warehouse 48 at Star Harbor is a mixed-used redevelopment project that will repurpose the 240,000 square foot landmark Del Monte Warehouse and adjoining land.  Consisting of approximately 380 residential units and 30,000 square feet of retail/commercial space, Warehouse 48 will revitalize an underused historical site into a vibrant community asset.

Mike O’Hara, Director of Forward Planning at Tim Lewis Communities, presided over the event, and thanked the many individuals and organizations in Alameda who have played a role in this project.

“Today is a great day for the City of Alameda, and for all of the advocates of senior housing and affordable housing in Alameda,” O’Hara said.  “We are here to celebrate a great milestone in the many years of collaborative work with our neighbors, the City of Alameda and the untold number of stakeholders that supported us in making this project a reality, and of course, the Housing Authority, who has been a wonderful partner in this endeavor.”

Site improvements for the senior affordable project are underway, and construction will start in early December.  The new building will contain 31 Low- and Very-Low Income Units available to seniors under the management of the Alameda Housing Authority. This is the first project in 25 years that the Housing Authority is developing on its own.

“This was the best practice of a public and private partnership,” stated Vanessa Cooper, Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Alameda.  “A great model in making sure this becomes a vibrant community.”

The anticipated completion date for the Senior Affordable Housing Building is Spring of 2018. Construction on Warehouse 48 is expected to start in early 2017, with first occupancies in late 2018, and project completion in 2019.

Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer concluded the ceremony speaking about the importance of teamwork in such a significant revitalization project. “It takes a community to bring a historic site like this back to life,”   Spencer said.