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Navy to Transfer Alameda Point Land to the City for Free

The city will host a press conference Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at St. George Spirits to announce the transfer of the entire former Naval Base.

The City of Alameda Wednesday announced that it has reached an agreement with the U.S. Navy to transfer all 918 acres of the former Naval Weapons Station free of charge

The price on that property had been set, most recently, at $108.5 million.

City and Navy leaders will host a press conference Thursday afternoon at to explain the transfer.

"After many years of the often stalled process, this is a landmark turning point for the City of Alameda," said a press release from the city.

Alameda blogger Lauren Do wrote about some of the specifics of the deal in a blog post Wednesday, noting that the deal grew out of discussions initiated by the city with the Navy for transfer of the land for a for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. (Here is the city's report about the deal.)

Alameda Mayor Marie Gilmore, U.S. Navy Commanding Officer James Ridgway, the Navy's William Carsillo, and City Manager John Russo will be at the Thursday afternoon event.

Liz Taylor September 29, 2011 at 02:49 AM
one would hope that this means more favorable terms for businesses that are at the point now and others who would like to utilize space there.
Jack Mingo September 29, 2011 at 01:32 PM
Please, city of Alameda: use this windfall wisely. We don't need San Leandro on the Bay, we don't need jammed-in houses and big box stores, we don't need waterfront trendy restaurants, what we need is some of the space saved for breathing room, sunset walks, and lesser terns. We can break what seems to be a Law of Perverse Scenic Balance, seen everywhere but most locally in the Berkeley hills and along the bulk of Alameda's coastline: "A measure of great scenic beauty inspires a human impulse to besmirch it with an equal amount of gawd-awful architecture."
Bill Grieder September 29, 2011 at 01:46 PM
I realize that hope is not a plan, but I would hope the city leaders negotiated some sort of mitigation to deal with the hazardous waste areas that are part of the property. Years of aviation fueling, navy ship fueling, motor pools etc have most certainly left sections that will require expensive and creative restoration
Denise Shelton September 29, 2011 at 06:46 PM
Certain areas at the Point may never be safe for homes, at least not in our lifetimes. This is one of the reasons I prefer to see projects like the Lab. I would also be heartbroken to see more of the kind of boring, cookie-cutter crap that passes as housing developments these days marring the shoreline.
Mike McMahon September 30, 2011 at 02:29 PM
At the League of Women Voters meeting where John Russo gave a presentation on the city budget, it was clear that City staff will be presenting future development pllans that focus on building out commercial opportunities before housing. In addiiton, the term sheet reverts back to 1996 housing numbers with a housing cap of 2000 units. 500 units have already been built at Bayport. So housing developers will not be lining up to work at the Point.

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