Harbor Bay Isle Associates

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The Harbor Bay Intercultural Committee celebrated its 16th annual Spring Festival on Saturday with dances, martial arts demonstrations and this performance by the Lincoln Middle School band. Donna Eyestone captured the flavor the festivities in this video.

Harbor Bay Isle Associates has asked the city to pause its controversial application to build 80 luxury homes where the Harbor Bay Club now stands – and to speed approvals for a new fitness club on North Loop Road.

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The head of Alameda’s electric company is moving on to a new job after half a dozen years at the helm. Alameda Municipal Power General Manager Girish Balchandran, who has been widely praised for extracting the utility from its failed telecom venture and for initiating efforts to pull the utility into a higher-tech future, will head Riverside Public Utilities, a much larger municipal utility.

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.

Here's this week's edition of The Broad Brush, your weekly, two-sentence news review.

The City Council will be considering a pair of key decisions Tuesday with implications for the both the near-term and farther-flung future of Alameda Point. The council will consider whether to hire a new company to manage and lease all of the city’s property – including Alameda Point – and also, whether to approve a proposed list of evaluation criteria for assessing development proposals for the former Navy base.

“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.

Opponents of a proposal to build 80 luxury homes where the Harbor Bay Club now stands are saying the club was offered long ago in lieu of planned recreation space and that residents would lose their primary recreational space if the club is moved into the Harbor Bay Business Park.

Harbor Bay Isle Associates and a related company that operates the Harbor Bay Club are asking the city’s permission to move the fitness club to a nine-acre site in the Harbor Bay Business Park and to build 80 luxury homes in its stead.

Alameda's City Council voted early this morning to nix a proposal to swap the Mif Albright golf course to developer Ron Cowan for cash and land he owns nearby and to direct city staff to negotiate with two firms for a management contract at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex. The swap proposal fell on a 5-0 vote, drawing cheers from opponents who packed council chambers.