Last night, the Alameda Planning board approved a resolution, with conditions, allowing the Alameda Landing retail center, which includes plans for a Target discount department store, to go forward.
The conditions centered mostly around changes to landscaping, the pedestrian experience, and signage plans.
City of Alameda Planning Services Manager Andrew Thomas promised to bring back revised drawings and a landscape plan to the planning board for a final design review before signing building permits.
Board member David Burton voted against approving the resolution last night, stating the wanted a more definitive review of the developers response to the changes the board requested.
The approval sets the stage for Catellus, the master developer of the project, to break ground this year for a target completion date in October 2013.
Alameda City Council had signed-off on the plan in 2007, but the real estate crash stalled development. In 2010, TPG Capital bought the Catellus brand and several projects, including Alameda Landing, from ProLogis, and worked to bring a Target store into the project as an anchor tenant.
Last night’s approval moves forward the retail component of the Alameda Landing project, but did not greenlight the 300 residential units that were also envisioned on the property near the retail center.