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City Wins Preliminary Injunction on Collins Boatworks Property

The City of Alameda has been granted a preliminary injunction to force the owners of the “Boatworks” property along the estuary at Clement Avenue and Oak Street to maintain the property to prevent it from falling into further disrepair.

Last summer, Alameda City Council approved a project plan that would see 182 residential units built on the more than 9 acre site; the owners, Catherin and Francis Collins, are understood to be shopping the property with development entitlements to a builder.

In the meantime, the city has had the property declared a public nuisance and taken the owners to court to force them to maintain it.

On order by Judge Delbert Gee of Alameda County Superior Court on December 23rd, 2011, granted a preliminary injunction prohibits the owners from allowing certain conditions at the property, such as allowing “the outdoor storage of junk, trash, rubbish, debris, scrap metal, wood scraps or rubble,” or allowing structures to stand that don’t have entry ways secured, or allowing graffiti or weeds to remain on the property for more than 48 hours.

However, Judge Gee declined to order the owners to provide 24 hour on-site security and monitoring of the property.

The City of Alameda has also asked the court to order the owners to pay $750,000 in legal fees to monitor compliance at the property.

The attorney representing the Collins’ did not respond to requests to comment for this article by press time.

The legal fight continues; on December 27th, the Collins’ filed with the court an answer to the original complaint filed by the City of Alameda on September 6th, 2011.

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