Dredging the northwest corner of the Seaplane Lagoon in February 2012.

May 12, 2016

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Radium safety enhanced at Seaplane Lagoon

The City of Alameda became the new owner of the Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point on April 13, 2016. It came from the Navy with a new condition that exceeds normal protocols for dredging in San Francisco Bay. As with all cleanup sites, the Navy, city and regulators agreed to what areas needed to be […]

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Sand being delivered to the least tern nesting grounds at Alameda Point on February 25, 2016.  Bay Bridge in the background.

May 6, 2016

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Ferry agency, volunteers help the least terns

Three thousand tons of sand was added to the nesting grounds for the least terns at Alameda Point in late February and early March. In the weeks that followed, volunteers from St. George Spirits and the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts came out to help make the site ready for the arrival of the terns […]

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Demolition of Navy apartment buildings at West Tower Avenue and Orion Street, Alameda Point.

March 18, 2016

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Demolition of former Navy apartments begins

The demolition of 16 former Navy apartment buildings at Alameda Point has begun. On January 5, 2016, the City Council awarded a $547,000 contract to Asbestos Management Group of Oakland to perform the demolition. In April of 2015, the city council directed city staff to come up with a plan to address safety and blight […]

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Jan.13,2016 Site 1 wetland. Navy photo.

February 29, 2016

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Navy adds a wetland and grassland

The Navy’s cleanup program has not only removed toxic substances from below ground, it has dramatically improved some of the above ground environment by creating new native grassland and wetlands. January rains filled the Navy’s new seasonal wetland on the northwest shoreline corner of Alameda Point and fostered growth of newly planted native grass seed […]

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Alameda Main Street Ferry Terminal passengers boarding.

February 8, 2016

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Seaplane Lagoon ferry service in limbo

The new residential and commercial developer at Alameda Point has set aside $10 million toward the construction of a passenger ferry terminal at the Seaplane Lagoon. The Bay Area’s ferry agency – the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) – however, has made it clear there is currently no funding to operate a ferry there. WETA […]

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January 23, 2016

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Artistic expression at Alameda Point

"Art in the park"

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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January 11, 2016

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Waterfront Park plans – Public comment welcomed

AP Waterfront Plans

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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January 7, 2016

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Harbor seal dock, ferry depot plans on track

Harbor seals on old dock

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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December 27, 2015

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Brown pelicans display beauty during trying times

California brown pelicans resting on Alameda Point dock

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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December 5, 2015

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City receives award for brownfield redevelopment

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.

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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