Alameda City Council Preview
2263 Santa Clara Avenue
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m.
[FULL AGENDA HERE]
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HARBOR BAY PARKWAY REZONING A proposal to rezone a vacant lot at Harbor Bay Parkway will be discussed Tuesday night. With plans to redevelop the property for a restaurant apparently off the table, the City Council will now hear a proposal that may pave the way for the construction of an office building. The area is currently zoned as “open space.” A staff report found a restaurant on the premises might receive limited success and improvements would need to be made to connect the property to the street and the Bay Trail walk path (Item 6C).
WHAT IT MEANS An acre of dirt and asphalt on prime waterfront land is a waste of tax revenue waiting to be collected by the city. In addition, Alameda should be mindful of potential competition for waterfront restaurants and amenity-rich office complexes in nearby San Leandro. Officials in that city are moving closer to transforming the popular, but moribund San Leandro Marina into a destination for diners and workers.
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BE AWARE Appointment of John McCahan to the city’s Housing Authority Board of Directors appears on consent (Item 6A). Proximo Distillers, LCC, which owns alcohol brands, Jose Cuervo, 1800 Tequila and Alameda’s Hangar One, will sign at 10-year lease at Alameda Point. The company plans to also open a brand/tourism center at the factory (Item 6D).
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The city’s community development department and the City Council will proclaim 2014 historic preservation season.
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Jan. 7, the council approved forming the Alameda Landing tax district to pay for infrastructure in the new and growing neighborhood. A second reading of the ordinance takes place tonight (Item 6B). >>> SEE IT FOR YOURSELF
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