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The City of Alameda is soliciting contracts for the demolition of the Todd Shipyard Crane. (City of Alameda)

The City of Alameda has identified a contractor for the demolition of the Todd Shipyard Crane. (City of Alameda)

An estuary icon in disrepair, and an eyesore, the Todd Shipyard Crane near the Main Street ferry terminal is likely to come down this year, as the City of Alameda moves forward in negotiations with Power Engineer to demolish the structure.

A contributing element to the Historic Todd Shipyard District, per the State Historic Preservation Office, the crane found no love in 2013 when no viable proposals materialized in response to a City of Alameda solicitation to relocate, preserve or re-use it.

To mitigate the loss of the historical structure, according to a city staff report, photos were taken and used to produce an archive booklet which was distributed to several historical agencies: the State Historic Preservation Office, UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library, Oakland Public Library, the National Maritime Museum in San Francisco, Alameda Public Library, Alameda Historic Museum, the California Historical Society and the Port of Oakland.

On February 17th, Alameda City Council is expected to give approval to the City Manager to negotiate a contract with Power Engineering to demolish the crane, for no more than $290,000.

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