Alameda Point

The city is getting ready to seek out developers who could build hundreds of homes, retail outlets, offices or hotels on 150 acres at Alameda Point.

The City Council on Tuesday signed off on the outline of a request for qualifications from prospective developers for two parcels at the Point, and the form of an exclusive negotiating agreement that city leaders hope to use to move forward on development deals.

The city will soon be soliciting developers to build homes, stores, offices and more on 150 acres of Alameda Point. Here's what the City Council had to say about that.

Pop-up buildings may soon be popping up at Alameda Point.

The Planning Board took a first look Monday at a plan intended to blunt the traffic to and from Alameda Point by offering incentives to walk, bike, carpool and take public transit.

City leaders are working on a plan that they hope will help them blunt rush-hour traffic to and from Alameda Point. One strategy: Attract residents who don’t want to drive. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has put together a briefing book detailing methods of attracting non-drivers to transit-oriented developments like what’s proposed for the Point; it contains a rundown on different homeowners’ market segments – and on which ones are most likely to live in developments that discourage drivers. Here’s the commission’s list of resident types – and the breakdown of who is and isn’t likely to come.

In her State of the City speech Tuesday, Mayor Marie Gilmore signaled her eagerness to start redeveloping the Alameda Naval Air Station after a 17-year wait. While the city has secured the deeds to hundreds of acres of land and cleared a slew of planning hurdles in an effort to speed development, a key task remains: Figuring out how to tame the traffic that 1,400 new homes and hoped-for new businesses, shops and restaurants could create.

City leaders signed off on a pile of planning documents Tuesday night that will ease the way for development at Alameda Point.

Alameda Point’s Spirits Alley is about to get a little more spirited. The City Council is poised to grant a lease to New Jersey-based distiller and importer Proximo Spirits for half of a Monarch Street airplane hangar that’s also occupied by a brewery.

Proximo, which purchased Hangar 1 Vodka from the Point-based St. George Spirits in 2010, will take over and triple production of the craft vodka in the new facility. The company also plans to develop a “brand/tourism center” with a tasting room.

Governor Jerry Brown may help City Hall attain one of its key legislative objectives this year: Reclaiming the right to use property taxes to help finance the redevelopment of Alameda Point.

In a budget plan released Thursday, Brown began backtracking off his 2011 elimination of the state’s redevelopment program by offering to expand the use of existing special districts that allow cities to leverage future property taxes for military base reuse.

More than a decade ago, Oakland’s city attorney sued Alameda over plans to redevelop Alameda Point. In the suit, his office claimed Alameda’s analysis of the proposed development’s impacts failed to adequately study and propose solutions for the traffic it would pump into Oakland’s Chinatown neighborhood.

Today that onetime city attorney, John Russo, is spearheading efforts to redevelop the Point as Alameda’s city manager. And as Alameda finalizes a new study of the development’s potential impacts, he is facing some of the same charges he lodged in his 2003 suit.