Open-space activists in Alameda are making important advances in turning more of the city’s waterfront property into public parkland.
This summer, the Alameda City Council unanimously adopted a Sierra Club-backed citizens’ initiative that rezoned a 3.89-acre federal surplus parcel next to Crab Cove from “residential” to “open space.”
This means Tim Lewis Communities, the housing developer that had contracted to buy the site from the federal General Services Administration (GSA) and hoped to build 48 luxury homes on the waterfront, can no longer do so. The move also means that the East Bay Regional Park District is in a better position to acquire the property and expand Robert Crown Memorial State Beach.
With the city council’s action, the Crab Cove Open Space Expansion Initiative will not have to go before voters on the November ballot.
The Bay Chapter will continue to work to stop the GSA’s eminent domain action on the state-owned street leading to the parcel, which has been undertaken for the purpose of helping the private developer secure easement rights.
In other Alameda news, thanks in part to the strong lobbying efforts of the Sierra Club, the city council agreed to remove pavement and a few buildings from the western side of the Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point sooner rather than later. The city’s Town Center and Waterfront Precise Plan now states that this completely paved area will be converted to a natural wetland park once funding is secured, rather than when buildings there are no longer commercially usable due to sea level rise. If you know of funding that is available now, please contact Irene Dieter at idsierraclub at gmail.com.
Visit the Alameda Point Environmental Report blog for updates.