Alameda in brief: Ceremony set for Point land transfer

Alameda in brief: Ceremony set for Point land transfer

Michele Ellson
Alameda Point VA

Image from the Smith+Smith website.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is holding a public ceremony to commemorate the transfer of hundreds of acres of Alameda Point set to serve as a future clinic and columbarium site.

The ceremony will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. November 3 at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex, 2317 Central Avenue. Anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP by Tuesday to Amanda Mina by phone at (916) 843-9034 or via e-mail, at PUBLICAFFAIRS21@va.gov.

The Navy transferred 624 acres to the Department of Veterans Affairs over the summer; it had originally requested the property in 2006. The department hopes to build a 158,000-square-foot outpatient health care and benefits center and a columbarium on 112 acres; the rest are to remain an undeveloped wildlife area for nesting least terns and habitat for more than 180 other bird species, to be managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The department is asking anyone who RSVPs for the event to alert them to any mobility needs they may have; disabled veterans will be permitted to be dropped off in front of the theater complex.

Comments

Jon Spangler's picture
Submitted by Jon Spangler on Tue, Oct 21, 2014

I am thrilled that our veterans will be able to get better care and services in their new facility, but still have my reservations about the location and arrangements around this new facility.

I sincerely hope that the VA will be a better tenant at Alameda Point--most especially, a better protector of the wildlife there--than has been indicated thus far. I remain unconvinced that the VA has the expertise or the interest to do this work, which is far outside its core mission.

I sincerely hope that my misgivings and doubts will be shown to be unfounded...