Alameda Point

The City Council voted Wednesday to approve an exclusive agreement with Alameda Point Partners to negotiate a deal to develop a 68-acre waterfront town center at the former Naval Air Station, despite opposition from residents who think the lame duck council should wait and let the new council decide.

“This is a tough decision. But stalling is not the answer to a tough decision,” Vice Mayor Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft said.

City staffers have selected a finalist in the contest to develop a waterfront town center at Alameda Point.

The Department of Veterans Affairs officially took ownership of 624 acres of Alameda Point on Monday, which it hopes to transform into a new, one-stop medical and benefits center, a national cemetery and a wildlife preserve.

“We are proud that the new One VA facility will call Alameda home,” Mayor Marie Gilmore said during a public ceremony at the Alameda Theatre & Cineplex that included a color guard, speeches and a video offering the history of the former Naval Air Station and renderings of the planned facilities.

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.

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 City Council has signed off on a pair of finalists vying for the right to develop a key piece of Alameda Point.

Alamedans will get the chance to meet representatives from Calgary-based Brookfield Residential and Alameda Point Partners, a group of developers from the Bay Area and beyond, on September 29. Brookfield and Alameda Point Partners are seeking the right to build a 68-acre, mixed-use development with hundreds of new homes, retail, open space and more.

A massive Canadian developer with tens of thousands of lots spread across North America and a group that includes some prominent Bay Area developers have been named finalists in the race to win the right to build a neighborhood of homes and shops at Alameda Point.

The city is contemplating proposals from nine developers who’ve signaled their interest in developing some or all of a planned 150-acre Alameda Point waterfront town center and commercial development area. So who are these developers, and what do they bring to the table?

This year’s tour highlighting toxic cleanup efforts at Alameda Point forsook the technological whiz-bang of prior years’ cross-base bus rides for a more prosaic sight: A gaggle of Caspian terns perched on a sand bar in a restored wetland area that’s part of the 624-acre chunk of the former air station the Navy handed off to the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in June.

The City Council is set to consider negotiating what could be its first land sale at Alameda Point, to a South Bay development team interested in buying barracks that once housed servicemen and five acres of former taxiway that front Seaplane Lagoon.