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Collins Boatworks Site Legal Wrangling Continues

Next week, Alameda City Council will conference with legal counsel in closed session regarding the ongoing saga of the Collins Boatworks site, alongside the city’s northern waterfront near Oak Street.

Late last year, the City of Alameda secured a court injunction to force Catherine and Francis Collins to maintain the site to prevent trash and rubble from accumulating and to prevent graffiti and weeds from accumulating on the site.

Earlier last year, the City approved a plan for 182 housing units on the 9.5 acre site.

On March 5th of this year, Judge Delbert Gee of the Alameda County Superior Court of California, found the owners in contempt of that injunction, and ordered them to install fencing, and get a building permit from the City of Alameda to re-install loose siding or roofing material on the existing buildings.

On April 5th, the judge ordered the City of Alameda to provide the owners with a detailed list of items still in violation of the original injunction or contempt order by June 4th, 2012. He also ordered the City of Alameda to simply pick up the phone and call the owners to identify any possible violations, rather than wait for the next court hearing. The case now heads into ongoing case management conference and compliance hearings until July 2, when the court will review photographs and other declarations regarding the state of the site.

There is no word as to when demolition of the existing buildings might begin to allow construction of the housing units.

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