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City Council Declares Alameda Point Ready for Development

City Funds Key Business Initiatives

Third Annual Brokers' Reception Highlights Investment in Alameda

New Signs Lead the Way at Alameda Point

Information at Your Fingertips:  City Launches Two New Building Permit Apps

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City Council Declares Alameda Point Ready for Development

In an historic vote on June 16, the City Council unanimously approved a set of documents, including a Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA), for the development of the 68-acre portion of Alameda’s former Naval Air Station known as Site A. This decision gives the green light to begin the first major development at Alameda Point since the closure of the base in 1997. There was overwhelming community support for the project, with many speakers, including State Assembly member Robert Bonta, three former mayors of Alameda, and five members of the Alameda Planning Board, urging the City Council to move the development forward.
 
The DDA opens up 600,000 square feet of commercial space for development, which will create an estimated 1,472 permanent jobs. The DDA also contains a $2.5 million commitment to rehabilitate and lease an existing 100,000 square foot building for flex office, light industrial, and specialty manufacturing uses during Phase 1 of the project. With 800 units of mixed-income housing, the development addresses the City’s need for rental and affordable housing units.  
 
By improving current infrastructure and drawing businesses and visitors, the development will be a catalyst for future business investment and attraction at Alameda Point. To stay current on Site A, visit alamedaca.gov/alameda-point, follow us on Twitter, and like Alameda Point on Facebook. To be added to the Alameda Point informational mailing list, email your request to alamedapoint@alamedaca.gov.

Alameda Point “Site A” — By the Numbers
68 Acre mixed use development site
600,000 Square feet of commercial space
1,472 Permanent commercial jobs
$400 million In construction work
2,570 Direct construction jobs
800 Residential units (25% affordable)
15 Acres of parks and open space
City Funds Key Business Initiatives

The Alameda City Council recently passed a two-year budget, which includes two new initiatives that reinvest funds into the City’s retail districts and plan for sustained economic growth.  First, the Council has brought back the widely popular Façade Improvement Grant Program, which had been a casualty of the state’s elimination of redevelopment funding in 2011.  The City has carved out $125,000 for grants to help small business owners refurbish their storefronts, many of which are in historic buildings.  The Grant Program is an excellent tool to stimulate retail activity while creating an enjoyable and attractive city environment. 
 
Second, the Council has funded a new Economic Development Strategic Plan.  The last time the City prepared a similar plan was over 15 years ago, which led to the restoration of the Alameda Theatre, the development of Alameda Landing, and the redevelopment of Bridgeside Shopping Center, now anchored by the Nob Hill supermarket.  The new plan will set specific goals and objectives to strengthen Alameda’s business climate and its place in the East Bay market.  Work on these two initiatives will begin within the next few months.  

Third Annual Brokers' Reception Highlights Investment in Alameda

The City sponsored its 3rd Annual Broker and Owners’ Reception on May 8, as a way to show its appreciation for the dealmakers that bring new businesses and retailers to Alameda.  “You are the ones that see and fulfill Alameda’s potential as a city, by bringing quality jobs, revenue, and goods and services to our community,” said Interim City Manager Liz Warmerdam.  The event was hosted by Jamestown LP at South Shore Center and catered by Trabocco, which is rated by Zagat’s as one of the five best Italian restaurants in the East Bay.
 
At last year’s reception, the City unveiled its “At Your Service” program to expedite building and planning permits and approvals.  At the reception, Ms. Warmerdam shared data that shows the program is working:  more permits are being approved and at a faster rate than last year.  The City’s permit counter averages 75 customers per day, or 13,500 per year. The value of residential and commercial building permits went up by over 31 percent between 2013 and 2014.  In 2014, people spent $82.5 million on home and business improvements.  Ms. Warmerdam said this is important not only from the standpoint of the City’s budget:  it shows that people—property and business owners—are making significant, personal investments to stay in Alameda.  

New Signs Lead the Way at Alameda Point

If you have been to Alameda Point in recent months, then you have likely noticed the new directional and building address signs that make it easier for people to find their way around the former naval base.  
 
The carefully designed and placed signs also create a positive experience and atmosphere for people visiting or doing business at Alameda Point.  The signs strengthen the overall identity of Alameda Point and its many businesses and attractions. 

Information at Your Fingertips: City Launches Two New Building Permit Apps

As part of Alameda’s At Your Service program, the City recently launched two user-friendly applications that will help the public keep track of development proposals and construction projects. 
 
BuildingEye, which can be accessed by visiting alameda.buildingeye.com, allows users to look up building and planning permit applications through an interactive map or by application type, address, or neighborhood.  BuildingEye also enables users to receive alerts for permit activity within a certain radius of their home, business, or other location. 

CommunityView, accessed through alamedaca.gov/permits/communityview, provides an aerial map view of the City, which can be narrowed down to a specific property.  Information such as zoning and County Assessor’s data is provided.  The user can also display different layers over the map of a property, such as the City’s zoning map, census tract boundary, or General Plan Land Use diagram.

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