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Alameda’s Planning Board offered critical approvals Monday for a plan to develop a 68-acre slice of Alameda Point with new homes, commercial space, acres of parks and transit.

The seven-member board voted unanimously to move forward with a development plan for Site A, which is expected to serve as the long-awaited catalyst for revitalization of the former Alameda Naval Air Station.

“I am in support of this project,” Planning Board president Mike Henneberry said just moments before the vote. “It respects the past and positions us well for the future.”

The Planning Board voted unanimously Monday to approve a development plan for Alameda Point's 68-acre Site A. Here's the tweet by tweet, and your reactions.

The residential and commercial neighborhood proposed for 68 acres at Alameda Point’s east entrance implements the approved 1996 vision for conversion of Naval Air Station Alameda to civilian use.

Island drivers, prepare: Overnight closures of the Park Street Bridge begin today.

The closures are scheduled to take place from 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sunday through Thursday until August 14. The bridge will be totally closed to car and bicycle traffic during those times, with a detour routing drivers over the Fruitvale Bridge in effect. Cyclists will be routed down East 7th Street.

The closures will also affect vessel traffic under the bridge; large vessels that need both of the bridge’s leaves open to pass through during construction hours will be required to provide at least two hours’ advance notice.

With a pair of agenda items going before the Planning Board on Monday, the city’s staff is attempting a grand bargain of sorts that would allow the far West End of the Island to begin its transformation into something other than a shuttered military base.

This bargain must not only prove acceptable in a political climate driven by residents’ concerns about how long it takes them to get through the Posey Tube in the morning, it also needs to stay in compliance with 30-plus years of federal, state and local laws and agreements that govern housing development in Alameda.

The hard work that takes place in our public schools was evident on Friday, April 24, at the Alameda Education Foundation’s Salute to Education.

 

The city has settled a lawsuit accusing Alameda police of using excessive force against a disabled man they arrested on suspicion of stealing a cell phone charger from a local phone store.

The City Council approved a settlement Tuesday to pay Jeffrey Navarro $450,000 to settle Navarro’s claims arising from the July 27, 2012 arrest. City officials said they’re not admitting any wrongdoing in the case.

Dear Editor:

For the past 21 years I have co-owned Bay Ship & Yacht in Alameda Point. We employ nearly 400 people to repair, convert and build, commercial, military vessels and super yachts.

While we are one of the largest employers on the Island, only 10 percent of our workforce actually lives here, because they cannot find affordable housing. I have thoroughly reviewed Alameda Point Partners' plan to redevelop a portion of the former Naval base and am encouraged to see that it includes two-thirds rental housing and 25 percent affordable units. This is the workforce housing that we are missing at Alameda Point.

How much longer will your commute be if 1,425 homes are built at Alameda Point? That’s the question residents who worry about the traffic development at the Point and elsewhere on the Island will create are asking.

Development both on and off the Island will create a lot of traffic on Alameda’s major roads and in the Webster and Posey tubes, the city’s planners and studies done for local development proposals say – impacts that some fear will overwhelm the Island’s arterials, creating commute hour carmageddon. But quantifying those impacts – effectively, predicting the future – is a more elusive matter than the studies let on.

Bike Walk Alameda is very excited to finally see tangible movement in new housing and infrastructure at Alameda Point. We have been involved in planning at Alameda Point for more than 15 years and believe that the current, community-created plans offer the most benefit for all Alamedans.

This development will help create roads for all users that will connect Alamedans to the waterfront at Alameda Point. Driving, walking, biking and public transit will be integrated and expanded.

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