Located between Alameda Point and Alameda Landing (where the new Target store has opened) is the Navy property known as North Housing. After years of low-key planning efforts, the city will soon see a beautiful new park, and eventually over 400 new affordable and market rate housing units, including 90 Housing Authority units for formerly homeless individuals.
A key administrative milestone was reached in August of 2013 when the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) signed off on the city’s plan to accommodate homeless individuals. This allows the Navy to move forward with the disposal of this property, which underwent a new round of reviews starting in 2007 after the Coast Guard decided it didn’t need the property.
The 42-acre Navy parcel sits directly adjacent to Alameda Landing’s future residential neighborhood. It includes the 8-acre Estuary Park where a baseball field, soccer field, basketball court, perimeter trail, and an open meadow flanked by mature trees await minor sprucing up by our Recreation and Park Department.
Alameda Recreation and Park Department Director Amy Wooldridge gave an update on the city’s pending acquisition of this park at the October 10th Recreation and Park Commission meeting. She reported that the city will soon be sending out Requests for Qualifications to landscape architects for preparing new drawings for Estuary Park. The drawings, once approved by the public, will become an important component of grant money applications. Few changes are expected in the layout of this park.
The complete story about the North Housing and Estuary Park disposal process is on the Alameda Point Environmental Report.