Category Archives: Development

Delay of gain

Typically, residential development projects have been sold to skeptics in Alameda by emphasizing the “public benefits” they provide. For those who aren’t persuaded that the City needs more housing for the affluent (the pitch goes), just look at what else … Continue reading

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They’re there in Oakland

For more than a while now, the Merry-Go-Round has been listening as the developers of Site A at Alameda Point and the Del Monte warehouse try to explain why their projects have not broken ground, more than two years after … Continue reading

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Misuse of mixed use

Suppose a developer buys a 10-acre parcel of land zoned “MX-MF” – i.e., “mixed use” with a “multi-family overlay.”  As required by the City’s mixed-use zoning ordinance, it then submits a master plan for the site.  The plan shows that … Continue reading

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Continuing legal education

During the Russo-Gilmore administration, the Merry-Go-Round’s antenna went up whenever a speaker, on or off the dais, asserted that state law “required” or “prohibited” a specific result. The assertion usually was made as a tactic to put Council members in … Continue reading

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The self-destructing cap

This is the story of how the one successful effort to limit residential development on the northern waterfront – the 435-unit housing cap on the North Housing site – blew up in its proponents’ faces.

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What got into Jim?

It was, perhaps, no surprise that, at its last meeting of 2017, Council failed to approve a development agreement with Tim Lewis Communities for a project featuring 589 new housing units on the Encinal Terminals site. After all, approval would … Continue reading

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Summon the Chiefs

The agenda for Tuesday’s Council meeting sets aside three hours for the item on the Encinal Terminals development project, and the usual contingent of public commenters, from both the pro-housing and the slow-growth sides, can be expected to queue up … Continue reading

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