Development Alert: Del Monte dates

Development Alert: Del Monte dates

Michele Ellson
Marina Shores

Marina Cove II's redesigned Building B. Image courtesy of the City of Alameda.

In today’s alert, we’ve got hearing dates for the Del Monte development project, finalists to develop a commercial campus (or outlet mall) at Alameda Point and some updates on plans and projects to come.

Del Monte dates: The city has inked in some hearing dates to consider approval of a plan to build up to 414 new homes and 25,000 square feet of retail space in and around the Del Monte warehouse on Buena Vista Avenue. The Planning Board will consider the project on September 22, while the City Council will decide whether to approve it on November 18. Both meetings will begin at 7 p.m. and will take place in council chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, and both will be televised and webcast live.

What’s next: The list of approvals the council will consider in November include a master plan, development plan, development agreement and traffic management plan, along with an environmental study that says the new project won’t have any greater impact than the more commercial-oriented original the city signed off on in 2007. The Planning Board will review all of this and make recommendations, and the council will consider the board’s feedback as members contemplate green-lighting the development project.

More information: Agendas and materials are typically available >on the city’s website about 12 days before a scheduled hearing; documents are on the planning department’s major projects page. The Alamedan’s coverage of the proposed development to date is available here; a community group, PLAN! Alameda, has also been monitoring (and commenting on) the development plans; their Facebook page is here.

More Point finalists picked: At its September 16 meeting, the City Council will consider a pair of finalists to develop 82 acres of Alameda Point where city leaders are hoping to see either a commercial campus user or premium outlet mall. Catellus and Mission Bay Development Group are the two finalists the council will consider moving forward with. City staffers sent out a request for qualifications in May seeking developers interested in building on a 68-acre portion of the Point where hundreds of new homes and businesses to serve those new residents are planned and for this adjacent 82-acre property. Four development teams submitted proposals by the deadline, and three were considered by a panel that included city staffers, representatives from local business groups and existing Alameda Point tenants. The panel originally picked Mission Bay Development Group and CIM Group as its finalists but the latter developer withdrew its proposal, a staff report says, citing uncertainty about the market for commercial users at the Point. Both Catellus and Mission Bay are proposing build-to-suit development for corporate users that can include office, research and development, light industrial and other commercial uses.

What’s next: The council will consider whether to move forward with the finalists at its September 16 meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall; if so, both teams and a pair of finalists the council approved for the 68-acre site will present their qualifications to the public at a September 29 open house event. Staffers plan to present a recommendation for a single finalist for the 82-acre site in November for council approval in December; after that, the developer who was selected will have six months to gain approval of a more specific development plan for the property.

More information: The city staff report and supporting materials detailing the finalists’ recommendation are here. Our rundown on all the suitors for the property is here.

Final Marina Cove approval: On Monday, the Planning Board will consider a final approval for development of Marina Cove II, aka Marina Shores, which is an 89-home development to be built where a Chipman Moving & Storage warehouse once stood on Buena Vista Avenue. The board will be considering some design changes and revised elevations for Building B, a multifamily townhome building at Buena Vista Avenue and Entrance Way.

What’s next: The Planning Board will consider approval of the new design at its meeting on Monday. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall.

More information: A staff report and materials are available on the city’s website. Our original rundown on the project is here.

PERMITS: The planning department has seen quite a bit of commercial permit activity over the last several weeks, much of it at Alameda Landing. TRI Pointe Homes will be installing a “shade sail structure” at what’s now being called Village Green Park, while work continues on a Michael’s craft store and a Panda Express. Alameda Island Brewing Company got a certificate of occupancy for a brew house and tasting area at 1716 Park Street. Best Lil’ Porkhouse has a building permit to construct a new restaurant at Alameda South Shore Center, while the owners of the Alameda Hotel at Santa Clara Avenue and Broadway got permission to convert a café space into one that can house a grocery store; the space that once housed CompoClay bears a sign announcing that a new grocery is on the way.

UPDATES: Hearings on proposed changes to the long-planned Boatworks residential development could start in mid-October … the Planning Board could consider a proposed universal design ordinance sometime in the next few weeks. The goal of the ordinance would be to make housing more accessible to handicapped residents and to allow seniors to “age in place” in their homes.


Submitted by Mary Grace B. (not verified) on Mon, Sep 8, 2014

Given its proximity to Jean Sweeney Open Space Park, I would love to see the landmark Del Monte warehouse be preserved and developed into a state of the art community recreation center (under ARPD). Tennis courts, recreational/instructional/lap swimming, diving well, weight room, handball/racquetball/squash courts, fitness classes, skate park, climbing wall. What would you add to the wish list? Not impossible. Google "community recreation center" and see what other towns offer (Truckee, Santa Clara, for example).

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Submitted by Richard Bangert on Mon, Sep 8, 2014

Regarding the Marina Cove II multifamily Building B design shown in your featured image above – On July 28th of this year the Planning Board adopted an ordinance governing various aspects of the Marina Cove II project. With regard to Building B, which will face the Del Monte property, the ordinance says that the style is to be “waterfront industrial in the multi-family homes.”

What waterfront industries in Alameda had smooth panel stucco walls? I’ve seen a lot of brick and corrugated sheet metal, nothing in the way of smooth stucco on old waterfront property. I recall the extended discussion years ago regarding the design appearance for Bridgeside Center. Stucco was rejected for the waterfront strip in favor of what I would consider an excellent retro industrial look.

The Marina Cove II Building B design looks like Euro office park. How is this design in any way compatible with the Spanish residential designs at the site or the brick industrial look of the Del Monte building?

Submitted by MJ (not verified) on Mon, Sep 8, 2014

Adding outlet stores to Alameda Point only underscores how unconcerned about traffic onto and off of the island the genius's at City Hall are.

Submitted by Mary McMuldren (not verified) on Fri, Sep 12, 2014

Outlet malls? Retail is in decline. Why do that? We have low priced stores already. No creative thinking going on here at all. Will not bring good paying employment.
Employees will not be able to afford living nearby.
High end customers are buying online and on travels. Low income people are not buying or getting secondhand. Not much middle ground for and outlet store of high priced goods. Just as stupid as Walgreens#3 and Safeway#2. Stupid.