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Harbor Bay Club Controversy to Come Before City Council October 7th

Opponents and proponents of a club re-location have been duking it out in the letters-to-the-editor section of the local papers.

Opponents and proponents of a club re-location have been duking it out in the letters-to-the-editor section of the local papers.

Debate over re-location of the Harbor Bay Club, and new construction at the existing site, has raged in Alameda for months. Now, Harbor Bay Neighbors, a Bay Farm Island group opposed to new construction at the existing site location, is saying they’re getting a hearing before a special Alameda City Council on October 7th.

Developer Ron Cowan has alternately proposed new housing at the site, and a hotel, and both ideas met with opposition from Harbor Bay Neighbors.

In a recent newsletter, the group wrote, “First, [Ron Cowan’s Harbor Bay Isle Associates (HBIA)] submitted a development application to remove the Harbor Bay Club from the residential development it was intended to serve and simultaneously rezone the current Club site to residential in order to build more homes. Then, HBIA withdrew the rezoning application once it became obvious it had no support. Now, HBIA is pressing forward with a plan just for removing the Club as if no one will notice there is a missing piece.”

Harbor Bay Neighbors argues that Cowan has a covenant with the residential community on Bay Farm Island to keep the club where it is; Cowan has argued that he’s free to move the club and redevelop the Packet Landing parcel as he sees fit.

According to the newsletter, the October 7th special city council meeting is “to address the Harbor Bay Club-Packet Landing Property general plan and zoning designations.”

The City of Alameda website reports a city council meeting scheduled for the evening of October 7th, but no details have been provided yet.

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