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

July 2, 2015

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Policies differ on protecting terns

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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APC farm luncheon

May 21, 2015

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Alameda Point Collaborative hosts luncheon down on the farm

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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Site A aerial view looking west

May 14, 2015

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Rooftop solar panels uncertain at Alameda Point

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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Wayfinding sign #2

May 9, 2015

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Signs of the times at Alameda Point

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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Cub Scouts distributing oyster shells around the nesting area for the least terns.

April 26, 2015

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Scouts join volunteer effort for least terns at Alameda Point

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts were helpful in getting the least tern nesting area ready for the 2015 season. Fifteen boys from Cub Scout Pack 1015 and three boys from Boy Scout Troop 73, along with 18 parent volunteers, came out to the least tern nesting area at Alameda Point on Sunday, April 12. They […]

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April 23, 2015

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City blocks car access to Alameda Point waterfront

Security guard telling car driver and his friend they had to leave.

On Sunday, April 19, Vice Mayor Frank Matarrese drove to the shoreline on the west side of the Seaplane Lagoon, and within minutes of arrival he was ordered to leave the area by Alameda Point security. He was not alone. Anyone visiting the area, which is designated as a future naturalized park on planning maps, […]

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April 6, 2015

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Rehab falters at historical Bachelor Enlisted Quarters

Soccer on the BEQ Quadrangle

Outdoor soccer activities thrive in the field outside the Bachelor Enlisted Quarters (BEQ) on Lexington Street at Alameda Point. Unfortunately, potential indoor activities languish for lack of a viable business plan. Negotiations for converting the BEQ to an international boarding school and a senior assisted living facility ended on January 31, 2015, without a deal. […]

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February 28, 2015

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Federal Fisheries Service turns its back on harbor seals at Alameda Point

Harbor seals on Alameda Point haul out

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS or Fisheries Service) issued a permit to the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) on February 25, 2015, for proposed in-water dock construction activities at Alameda Point that may impact resident harbor seals. In its permit, they brushed off concerns of the Sierra Club, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and […]

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February 12, 2015

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News updates: Main St. neighborhood planning, Veteran Affairs project, ferry service

Part of the unused Main Street Neighborhood sub-district at Alameda Point.  Near Orion and Stardust streets.

Alameda Point is on the cusp of a new era in civilian reuse. Plans for construction of residential neighborhoods and commercial space are taking form, alongside growing productive reuse of aircraft hangars. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is poised to begin the first phase of their $240 million clinic and columbarium project. In […]

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January 15, 2015

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Alameda Point gateway plan begins taking shape

Buidling with "E" in lower left will be reused.  Building 118 was formerly a warehouse and then became the Navy Exchange Building, which was divided to create a mall.  Building 117 was called Storehouse.  Building 67 was called the Locomotive Shed and Automotive Repair Shop.  Building 162 on West Atlantic was called the Engine Overhaul Building and was constructed in 1945.  Building 113 was used for aircraft repair work.  Residential buildings closest to Seaplane Lagoon will have first-floor retail.  Realigned Appezzato Parkway will become a pedestrian-friendly roadway near Seaplane Lagoon.

At its January 20, 2015 meeting, the city council will weigh-in on the preliminary layout proposed by developer Alameda Point Partners (APP) for a 68-acre residential and commercial parcel between Main Street and the Seaplane Lagoon. APP was selected by the former city council on November 18, 2014, to work up a plan for 800 […]

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December 23, 2014

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Volunteers help maintain successful least tern nesting site at Alameda Point

Tau Beta Pi members help out during the November 2014 work party.  Port of Oakland in background.

Volunteers at the Alameda Point nesting site of the endangered California Least Tern continued their efforts this fall after a successful 2014 nesting season. The Alameda Point colony produced over 350 least tern fledglings this year, and a record number of the nests had three eggs, as opposed to the usual two. The 45 nests […]

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December 12, 2014

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Find the wetland near Building 25 at Alameda Point

Flooding on west side (rear) of Building 25.  Looking south with Runway Wetland in background.

(Hint: It’s behind Building 25 and was temporarily enlarged on Thursday.) Rain on Thursday, December 11, led to flooding on three sides of Building 25 at 1951 Monarch Street, as well as on the south side of the Control Tower.  Building 25 is adjacent to the wetland on federal VA property called Runway Wetland.    Building […]

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December 8, 2014

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Bird sightings at Alameda Point – Fall 2014

Chestnut-backed Chickadee

A photo gallery of birds sighted at Alameda Point during the Fall of 2014.  They include:  Black-necked Stilt, Red-shouldered Hawk, Northern Flicker, White-crowned Sparrow, Cedar Waxwing, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Northern Shoveler, Black-crowned Night Heron, and Western Bluebird. Black-necked Stilt Red-shouldered Hawk

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November 19, 2014

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Environmental cleanup update – November 2014

Aerial view of Site 1 during remediation work.  San Francisco Bay in foreground.  Navy photos.

Navy environmental cleanup operations at Alameda Point ran the gamut during the summer and fall of 2014. Operations included using bacteria to clean up groundwater, grinding radium out of a building floor, digging up lead-contaminated soil, constructing a metal shoreline waste barrier, digging up shoreline waste, preparing to install a 30-acre soil cover, constructing a […]

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November 10, 2014

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Endangered Alameda least terns get a secure home

Least Tern chick, adult with fish, and resting adult, next to tile used for shelter, June 2014.

Alameda’s nesting colony of endangered California Least Terns has a new government landlord – and a secure home for the future.  After years of negotiations, the U.S. Navy transferred 624 acres of its former airfield at Alameda Point to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Monday, November 3. The transfer includes the former airstrip […]

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