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

April 23, 2015

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City blocks car access to Alameda Point waterfront

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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Soccer on the BEQ Quadrangle

April 6, 2015

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Rehab falters at historical Bachelor Enlisted Quarters

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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Harbor seals on Alameda Point haul out

February 28, 2015

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

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

February 12, 2015

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

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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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.

January 15, 2015

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Alameda Point gateway plan begins taking shape

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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October 30, 2014

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Natel Energy gearing up to produce hydropower turbines at Alameda Point

Building 400A, former aircraft hangar at Alameda Point.  Control Tower in background.

An old aircraft hangar at Alameda Point will become the first production facility in the world for an innovative hydropower turbine. After two years of testing and design work, Natel Energy began outfitting the hangar this summer, which is just a few hundred yards from their headquarters in the former Control Tower for the Navy […]

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October 27, 2014

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Smart grid power storage system being tested at Alameda Point

Alameda Point test site

A small company based in Union City is quietly conducting underground field tests of their flywheel energy storage system at Alameda Point. The mechanical device seeks to accomplish the same result as battery storage, only cheaper and with completely recyclable materials. The system is ideally suited for storing electrical energy created by commercial size solar […]

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October 15, 2014

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Film: “Demilitarized Landscapes” produced for Oakland Museum

Demilitarized Landscapes - San Francisco Bay

“Demilitarized Landscapes” is a nine-minute film about three San Francisco Bay Area communities in which the military has played a major role:  San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point, Alameda Point, and the Richmond waterfront.  The film was featured in a special exhibition called “Above and Below: Stories From Our Changing Bay” at the Oakland Museum of California.  The […]

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September 22, 2014

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Ferry agency seeks harbor seal harassment permit

Adult harbor seals with silver pup - May 29, 2014

Construction of the ferry maintenance facility at Alameda Point is delayed another year. Originally scheduled to begin in August of this year, the project is on hold while the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) seeks a federal permit allowing for harassment of harbor seals during demolition and construction. The public, beginning in January of 2014, […]

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August 28, 2014

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Shoreline contamination barrier under construction at NW tip of Alameda Point

Three of the waste isolation cells under construction at northwestern tip of Alameda Point.  A total of 15  cells, each one separated by a wall behind the face of the barrier, will be constructed here.

The Navy began embedding a steel barrier along several hundred feet of the western shoreline of Alameda Point during the week of August 18. The purpose of the barrier is to contain contaminated ash and burn waste material that was bulldozed into the Bay some 60 years ago and is now overlain with silt. The […]

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