Alameda Point

City leaders will be kicking the tires on what staffers are calling “a sensible and targeted approach” for bringing jobs to Alameda Point that focuses on expanding the business sectors that already call the Point home.

Members of the Planning Board will have their say on the proposed economic development strategy for the Point at the board’s regular meeting tonight, and the City Council is expected to take it up on December 5.

City leaders will be kicking the tires on what staffers are calling “a sensible and targeted approach” for bringing jobs to Alameda Point that focuses on expanding the business sectors that already call the Point home.

Members of the Planning Board will have their say on the proposed economic development strategy for the Point at the board’s regular meeting tonight, and the City Council is expected to take it up on December 5.

City leaders have secured a state commission’s approval of a deal that will allow them to assemble now disparate pieces for future development of the former Alameda Naval Air Station, which they are hailing as a “momentous step” toward the revitalization of Alameda Point.

The State Lands Commission on Friday approved a deal to give the city inland portions of the Point in exchange for waterfront the city had been set to own, the city announced in a press release issued Monday. The deal, which is subject to the completion of toxic cleanup efforts at the Point, comes as the city prepares to take ownership of most of the former Navy base in February 2013.

City leaders have secured a state commission’s approval of a deal that will allow them to assemble now disparate pieces for future development of the former Alameda Naval Air Station, which they are hailing as a “momentous step” toward the revitalization of Alameda Point.

The State Lands Commission on Friday approved a deal to give the city inland portions of the Point in exchange for waterfront the city had been set to own, the city announced in a press release issued Monday. The deal, which is subject to the completion of toxic cleanup efforts at the Point, comes as the city prepares to take ownership of most of the former Navy base in February 2013.

City officials and a citizen group are questioning the Navy’s proposed plan to address the risks posed by radioactive paint and other toxic chemicals that lie under a group of buildings at the heart of Alameda Point, saying the Navy focused too much on cleanup costs in creating its plan and questioning whether they know enough about what contaminants are in the ground to move forward with it.

City officials and a citizen group are questioning the Navy’s proposed plan to address the risks posed by radioactive paint and other toxic chemicals that lie under a group of buildings at the heart of Alameda Point, saying the Navy focused too much on cleanup costs in creating its plan and questioning whether they know enough about what contaminants are in the ground to move forward with it.

The nonprofit East Bay Green Corridor is a multi-faceted collaboration of entities that spans the entire East Bay area, but it has a unifying mission: to make the East Bay an epicenter of environmentally sustainable business. The Green Corridor group would like the world to see Alameda and Contra Costa counties as the Silicon Valley of clean technology.

The East Bay is home to a range of businesses that identify as “clean,” or “green,” including those that focus on energy: its generation, storage, infrastructure and efficiency. And Alameda Point is home to some businesses that have been at the forefront of these efforts.

The nonprofit East Bay Green Corridor is a multi-faceted collaboration of entities that spans the entire East Bay area, but it has a unifying mission: to make the East Bay an epicenter of environmentally sustainable business. The Green Corridor group would like the world to see Alameda and Contra Costa counties as the Silicon Valley of clean technology.

The East Bay is home to a range of businesses that identify as “clean,” or “green,” including those that focus on energy: its generation, storage, infrastructure and efficiency. And Alameda Point is home to some businesses that have been at the forefront of these efforts.

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges facing city leaders seeking to redevelop Alameda Point during tough economic times is finding the money to revitalize the 918-acre former Naval base. To address that challenge, some City Council candidates are suggesting Alameda take a look overseas.

“This world economy should not be a one way street. It should be a two way street. And I’d like to foster that,” said Stewart Chen, a council candidate who says Alameda should consider talking to foreign investors.

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges facing city leaders seeking to redevelop Alameda Point during tough economic times is finding the money to revitalize the 918-acre former Naval base. To address that challenge, some City Council candidates are suggesting Alameda take a look overseas.

“This world economy should not be a one way street. It should be a two way street. And I’d like to foster that,” said Stewart Chen, a council candidate who says Alameda should consider talking to foreign investors.

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