Development

The city wants your thoughts on a new draft of its “blueprint” for housing development, which lays out where new homes could be built, how many could be built and what programs and the policies in place to support home building efforts.

A Sacramento-area homebuilder has unveiled plans to build up to 414 lofts, townhomes and flats and 25,000 square feet of shops and restaurants in and around the old Del Monte warehouse at the corner of Buena Vista Avenue and Sherman Street.

A Southern California developer wants to replace an Oak Street warehouse with condominiums and small shops. The Planning Board will weigh in on whether to review the plan on Monday.

Newport Beach-based City Ventures is proposing 32 townhome-style condominiums; 5,600 square feet of commercial space broken up into 10 shops that could incubate small businesses; and a 2,000-square-foot commercial or community building at 1835 Oak Street. The 2.58-acre site, which housed a glass manufacturing business until 2012, sits between Clement Street and Buena Vista Avenue about a block from Park Street.

Representatives from the city, the East Bay Regional Park District and developer Tim Lewis Communities have agreed to attend mediation in an attempt to end their legal fight over a 3.899-acre property the park district had hoped to obtain to expand Crab Cove.

The Planning Board put the brakes on the city’s plans for a new emergency operations center, with members saying the building’s designers need to make some changes before moving forward.

The board voted 5-1 to approve a site plan detailing the placement of the emergency operations center and a new fire station to be built on a half-acre site at the corner of Grand Street and Buena Vista Avenue, and to hold off on okaying the design of the operations center until changes are made. Board member John Knox White voted against approving the site plan; member Mike Henneberry was absent.

Oakland’s plans for thousands of new homes and jobs could be both a blessing and a curse for Alameda. So who’s building what, and where?

Harbor Bay Isle Associates is offering fresh details about a potential alternative to the 80 luxury homes they’d like to build at the current site of the Harbor Bay Club: A 212-room hotel and conference center, plus a restaurant offering up fine dining and a fitness center with tennis courts and a pool.

Specifics of the alternative plan were laid out in a letter the city Harbor Bay Isle Associates submitted to the city Monday.

“It’s always great when Tim brings a new project to fill the chambers,” City Planner Andrew Thomas joked Monday of C. Timothy Hoppen, president of Harbor Bay Isle Associates.

Alamedans have been known to be less than enthusiastic about the idea of chain stores on the Island. But people who stopped and shopped at Alameda’s new Target store Tuesday night were quick to declare their excitement that the discount retailer had opened an outlet in town.

“I love it,” said Meka Brown, who was strolling the toy aisle during the store’s VIP opening Tuesday evening. “I like that I don’t have to drive to Richmond or San Rafael.”