The once bustling Harbor Bay Landing now resembles more of a ghost town than a shopping center. But recent work on Harbor Bay Landing’s roofs has made some Alameda residents wonder if things are about to turn around.
For years, Alameda has served as a destination for onetime city dwellers who prize its vintage homes, tree-lined streets and not-too-suburban feel. But almost as often as not, Alamedans leave the Island to buy the things they need.
The in-progress development of the long-awaited Alameda Landing project near the Webster Tube – a project that includes a 291,000-square-foot Target-anchored shopping center – has stirred hopes at City Hall and citywide that long-desired retailers offering clothing, high-end grocery, paper goods and more will finally come to the Island. But retail experts and city staffers who have been working to bring stores to town said drawing them requires a carefully crafted admixture of demographics, relationships, timing, space – along with a little luck.
Target is holding a job fair to fill 300 positions in their new Alameda store. Video by Michele Ellson.
The Bank of Alameda is set to be acquired by the Bank of Marin, the Novato-based bank announced Monday.
"Bank of Marin can provide the resources Bank of Alameda needs to continue providing our customers with the dedicated community-based banking and the high level of personal service that they have come to enjoy,” said James B. Davis, chairman of the board for NorCal Community Bancorp, the Bank of Alameda’s parent company.
Photo courtesy of the Yu family.
On the corner of Park Street and Central Avenue, The Pampered Pup has been offering up hot dogs to hungry Alamedans since 1967. With its iconic sign of a reclining, diamond-studded pooch holding aloft a hotdog on a fork, and an interior in vintage orange and yellow, it is one of Alameda’s unofficial landmarks.
Since the 1990s, the Yu family has operated the Pup, and it rarely closed - even on holidays like Christmas and New Year’s Day, one could find Pak or Kit behind the counter. But in early May, Pak died after a difficult battle with cancer.
Divorce with Dignity's Denise Foster and Cindy Elwell. Photo by Kristen Hanlon.
Divorce with Dignity is a network of divorce support professionals that was founded in Alameda in 1996 by Cindy Elwell. Divorce with Dignity is an alternative for couples wishing to divorce amicably and avoid the lengthy and expensive process of traditional divorce in which each party hires a lawyer and spends thousands of dollars. Over the years it has grown from a single office in Alameda to dozens of affiliates in California, Florida, Illinois and Washington. In addition to services related to divorce, the office also handles deeds, trusts, and conservatorships.
The historic Alameda Point deal slated to close on June 4 isn't the only big news the City Council addressed on Tuesday. Mayor Marie Gilmore announced a short list of new retail outlets that are planning to join Target and Safeway at the Alameda Landing shopping center near the Posey Tube.
Photo by Michele Ellson.
The Alameda Credit Union is pursuing a merger, citing rising costs, new regulations and a desire to provide more services.
The 76-year-old credit union is seeking approval from state and federal regulators to merge with Redwood City-based Provident Credit Union, and will seek its members’ approval if the regulators sign off, according to a letter the credit union’s leaders sent to members Friday.
Updated at 8:04 p.m. Tuesday, April 30
The city is seeking to evict Nelson’s Marine from its perch on Alameda Point. The sheriff’s office could padlock the boat repair yard’s gates today, the head of a nonprofit rescue group that’s based there said.
Ray Thackeray of the International Rescue Group said an attorney hired by the city e-mailed him to let him know the boat yard was being shut down and the gates locked this week.
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