Prospective Point developers meet the public

Prospective Point developers meet the public

Michele Ellson

SRM Ernst's Joe Ernst talks to a participant in Monday's Alameda Point developer open house. Photo by Michele Ellson.

Jotice Wallace has lived at Alameda Point for 10 years, and she wanted more information about the developers who may build hundreds of new homes, shops and offices there.

“I just wanted to be enlightened and see what’s going on,” said Wallace, a single mother of four.

Wallace and other interested Alamedans rubbed shoulders with city leaders and representatives from a quartet of development teams Monday at an open house designed to give the public a better idea of who may be shaping the future of the former Naval Air Station.

The purpose of the event, held in a meeting room at the Main Library, was to give residents a chance to meet the developers who may mold 150 acres so that they can get a sense of who’s most likely to succeed at the task, said Jennifer Ott, the city’s chief operating officer for Alameda Point.

“We want to give people a chance to meet the people behind the developers,” Ott said.

The city selected Canadian homebuilder Brookfield Residential and Alameda Point Partners – a group that includes Harbor Bay Business Park builder SRM Ernst, retail giant Madison Marquette, Thompson Dorfman Partners and affordable homebuilder Eden Housing – as finalists to develop a 68-acre portion of the Point with up to 800 homes, retail and offices.

Alameda Landing developer Catellus and Mission Bay Development Group, which bought San Francisco’s Mission Bay project from Catellus, are in the running to develop an 82-acre site where both have said they’d consider a commercial campus.

The council will consider selecting a development team to start on the 68-acre site in November, Ott said, and a team for the 82-acre site in December.

In addition to being on hand to talk with interested Alamedans, representatives of the development teams offered displays showing off projects each has worked on and detailing the companies’ experience.

Catellus’s Steve Buster said he appreciated the opportunity to tell people about his company and the projects it has done – a list that includes the Bayport neighborhood here in Alameda and the Mueller development, a 711-acre development of homes, shops and offices in Austin, Texas.

“I think it’s a great idea. It’s great to be able to tell our story,” Buster said.

Tom Tanihara said he was glad to see that whatever is built at the Point will have housing affordable to people at all income levels, while Maria Wilson picked up information on the development of Alameda Landing.
Wallace said she was impressed with what the development teams had to offer at Monday’s open house.

“It’s like it’s going to be a whole new Alameda,” she said.