Updated:2:40pm, Dec. 15th – City Clerk Lara Weisiger sent this e-mail: “The special meeting starts at 5:00 p.m. and the Del Monte and other items will be considered. The regular meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. and the current Council will say their goodbyes, then, the swearing in of newly elected officials takes place at 8:00 p.m.”
Updated: 6:50pm, Dec. 12th –The City of Alameda’s website provides conflicting information. One webpage indicates all items to be considered start at 7pm at a regular council meeting. A separate PDF document suggests there is a 5pm special council meeting wherein the Del Monte project will be considered, and the 7pm meeting is wrap-up for exiting councilmembers.
In a last-minute vote, Alameda City Council is expected to give final approval on Tuesday evening for a controversial 380 unit housing redevelopment of the former Del Monte warehouse on Buena Vista Avenue.
At a council meeting scheduled to start at 7pm, just one hour before the terms of Mayor Marie Gilmore and Councilmembers Lena Tam and Stewart Chen are set to expire, council will consider an ordinance and development agreement that would give Tim Lewis communities the go-ahead for the project.
Since the November election, the sitting council has proven reluctant to defer or delay development project votes until Mayor-elect Trish Spencer and Councilmember-elect Frank Matarrese have been sworn in.
Both candidates ran a fall campaign based on a slower-growth agenda than that advocated by the current administration in city hall.
Spencer, Matarrese and Jim Oddie, a Councilmember-elect more aligned with Gilmore, Tam and Chen, are expected to be sworn-in at around 8pm that same night, the time at which the city charter says that terms begin.
The project has been controversial because, although many residents in the nearby neighborhood support the rehabilitation of the old warehouse, others have raised concerns about the number of units and potential oversubscription of street parking spaces in the area.