"Art in the park"

January 23, 2016

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Artistic expression at Alameda Point

The viewer is left to decide where graffiti ends and art begins in the following images. Regardless of opinion, one thing is clear: There are people looking for an opportunity to artistically express themselves.  And Alameda Point has plenty of abandoned interior and exterior walls to accommodate them. Artist Sam Norton created the mural below […]

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AP Waterfront Plans

January 11, 2016

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Waterfront Park plans – Public comment welcomed

The Planning Board and the Recreation and Park Commission will be making comments this week on the first phase of a waterfront park being planned for the north side of the Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point.  The public is invited to offer comments. The Planning Board meeting is on Monday at 7 PM at City […]

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Harbor seals on old dock

January 7, 2016

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Harbor seal dock, ferry depot plans on track

The Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) is aiming for the delivery of a new dock for harbor seals at Alameda Point as early as April, ahead of the start of construction of its new ferry maintenance facility this summer. Because the maintenance facility’s new berthing dock would displace the seals’ current resting spot, a provision […]

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California brown pelicans resting on Alameda Point dock

December 27, 2015

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Brown pelicans display beauty during trying times

About 100 California Brown Pelicans made an unusual appearance on the old wooden dock on the south side of Alameda Point near the U.S.S. Hornet on December 23. The visit provided a rare close-up view of this colorful and iconic bird, but also a reminder of their struggle to survive as a species. Only one […]

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An old warehouse used for the Navy's former Fleet Industrial Supply Center and a crane at the Port of Oakland provide a backdrop for condominiums nearing completion on Bette Street at Alameda Landing.

December 5, 2015

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City receives award for brownfield redevelopment

The city has received a prestigious award for its successful collaboration with a private developer on a brownfield redevelopment project—namely, Alameda Landing. The new retail and residential area is located near the Webster/Posey Tubes.   “The Landing is a complex project that lends itself to a public-private partnership,” said Debbie Potter, the city’s Community Development Director. […]

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November 19, 2015

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Navy housing site safe to transfer

Center courtyard in former Navy housing area called North Housing.  Looking north/northeast.

The vacated residential area known as North Housing—located between Alameda Point and Alameda Landing—has been deemed environmentally safe for transfer out of Navy hands. The approval comes after a four-year effort to clean up groundwater to drinking water standards was declared unnecessary and terminated. The original overly cautious risk assumption in the 2007 cleanup plan—that […]

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November 6, 2015

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City leads tour across airfield to SF Bay shoreline

Tour group at the western shoreline listening to Dr. Peter Russell explaining environmental cleanup work the Navy has completed at Site 2.

Around 50 people took part in the first city-sponsored tour across the old naval airfield to the western shoreline of San Francisco Bay on Monday, Oct. 26. The convoy of automobiles stopped near the future site of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) clinic and at the shoreline next to a restored 30-acre wetland site. […]

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October 8, 2015

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Google wind energy kite nears launch date

Makani energy kite 2015

Google-owned Makani, a wind energy company at Alameda Point, moved one step closer last week to full-scale testing of its flying electricity kite. The novel invention made a rare public appearance at the company’s test site near the USS Hornet to fine-tune the docking maneuver. It will be deployed at a test site being readied […]

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October 1, 2015

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Navy to transfer school property

Vacant Island High School site on Singleton Avenue.  Coast Guard housing is to the left.  Singleton Avenue and vacant North Housing area is to the right.  Woodstock Child Development Center is on the far side of the high school.

Newly available funds from the 2014 Measure I school bond, as well as the expected growth in student enrollment, prompted Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) to submit a request to the Navy in April to acquire the vacant Island High School and Woodstock Child Development Center parcel on Singleton Avenue on the city’s West End. […]

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September 10, 2015

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Navy cleans long-gone gas stations

Workers at the old gas station and car wash site on West Pacific Avenue on July 13, 2015 preparing to inject cleanup solutions into the ground.  The Navy operated a gas station and car wash on the site from 1971 to 1980.  Green tank on truck contains non-potable water for on-site mixing of treatment solution.  Soccer field is in the background.

The Navy has spent more than 15 years cleaning up contaminated groundwater underneath two former gas station sites at Alameda Point. They are still at it, but it’s not because the Navy is slow or lacking in commitment and expertise. It’s the nature of groundwater cleanup, which involves intermittent treatment efforts. In July, the Navy’s […]

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July 17, 2015

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Main Street Ferry Terminal getting more parking, no buses

O Club parking lot.  Main Street to the left.

Ferry commuters driving to the Main Street Ferry Terminal will find a new parking lot option this fall, pending timely work plan approvals by the city. Since 2013, passenger boardings have increased by over 50 percent at the Main Street ferry terminal, far exceeding the capacity of the parking lot. Commuters have been filling up […]

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July 2, 2015

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Policies differ on protecting terns

Least tern tour bus parked next to the nesting area on former Navy airfield.  San Francisco is in the background.

The annual tours to the least tern colony at Alameda Point were sold out again this year. Three groups totaling about 100 people listened to a presentation about the endangered birds before boarding a bus at the Crab Cove Visitors’ Center. It is the only time that the general public is permitted to enter the […]

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May 21, 2015

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Alameda Point Collaborative hosts luncheon down on the farm

APC farm luncheon

Patrons seated themselves under a canopy between rows of crops at Alameda Point Collaborative’s farm for its fifth annual “Urban Farm Table” fundraising luncheon on Sunday, May 17. A guitar and stringed bass duo provided musical ambience for the arriving guests from within a nearby thicket of blossoming passion fruit vines. Bees went about their […]

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May 14, 2015

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Rooftop solar panels uncertain at Alameda Point

Site A aerial view looking west

More than 24 new residential and commercial buildings are proposed for construction at the 68-acre Site A project at Alameda Point, which was approved unanimously by the Planning Board on Monday, May 11. All the buildings will be solar ready. But according to Joe Ernst, the project leader for Alameda Point Partners, there is no […]

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May 9, 2015

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Signs of the times at Alameda Point

Wayfinding sign #2

New street signs have been installed at Alameda Point, along with iconic winged emblems painted on the sides of hangars. The purpose of the new signs is for helping visitors find their way around and highlighting attractions and key tenants. The signs also create an enhanced sense of place for current and future tenants. Square […]

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