By Erica Madison
On July 27 during a special Alameda City Council meeting, Councilmember Matarrese said the vision for Alameda Point needed to be focused around job creation and commercial development.
In order to re-launch the discussion on what to do with Alameda point, Matarrese suggested that the City Manager focus on four areas:
1. New leasing polices for the Point, presented immediately, with the goals of: attracting new businesses, increasing investment in historic buildings by current/new tenants and furthering success of existing maritime specialty foods/beverages, technical, light industrial and recreational businesses.
2. Review the current Housing Element including Alameda’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment to guide forming a residential development targets that align with the housing/jobs balance and City housing policy.
3. Work with the Navy, the VA, the State Tidelands Trust and the Bay Area Congressional delegation regarding next steps, highlighting regional job creation as a top priority.
4. Explore and propose a plan for the Council/ARRA to consider a non-profit local development corporation, chartered and mandated by the City of Alameda to facilitate this plan for Alameda Point.
“Steering clear of private corporations puts us in control of our own destiny”, said Council member Matarrese.
Council member Tam however, disagreed with this new vision
“It feels like we’re reinventing the wheel. We need to create a project that is supported by the public. This is more important than job creation. It is premature to be directing staff to look at alternative plans. We need to find a project that is fundable,” said Council member Tam.
Councilmember Gilmore also wasn’t supportive of this new plan.
“I don’t think we should be limiting city staff in any direction, we need to be open to public discussion”, said Gilmore.
Needless to say, the meeting ended without anyone suggesting a clear direction on how to proceed with Alameda Point.