On Thursday, September 9th, the Alameda Sun reported that the city of Alameda is moving forward on its plans to partner with Warmington to build an additional 40 homes at Grand Marina Village. This is great news!
Written by Dennis Evanosky
Project would relocate city’s animal shelter, corporate yard
Plans to build homes on city property along Fortmann Way may be in the works. At the Tuesday evening meeting of the Community Improvement Commission (CIC) Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant — in her role as the commission’s interim executive director — asked permission for the city to enter into an exclusive negotiation agreement (ENA) with Warmington Residential. If the city gives the go-ahead, Warmington would redevelop the property now home to the city’s corporate yard at 1616 Fortmann Way and the animal shelter at 1590 Fortmann Way.
The move — called the Grand Marina Village Project — is in tune with the city’s desire to redevelop what Gallant calls “underutilized industrial properties in the Northern Waterfront area.” In 2008, the city council adopted the “Northern Waterfront General Plan Amendment.” The amendment changed the predominantly industrial and warehouse land uses in the area to uses such as residential, commercial, office, marina and open space.
If approved, the ENA would allow Warmington to build 40 detached single-family Homes. The project includes a .43-acre waterfront park and improvements to the public walkway along the Oakland Estuary near the Fortmann Marina.
“The Grand Marina Village Project has sold eight units to date and recently pulled building permits for 10 more units,” Gallant told the commission in her report. She also said that improvements to the walkway are near completion, and the park is scheduled for construction this month.
The city has set aside $376,000 in its current budget to study new sites for the animal shelter and corporation yard. Gallant said that the city would move these facilities to more appropriate locations.
Warmington is already touting sales of single-family homes at Grand Marina Village. “Some homes offer views of Oakland and Coast Guard Island,” Warmington says on its website. “And the neighborhood is only minutes from Alameda’s Park Street downtown shopping and restaurants.”
The four-bedroom, three-and-one-half bath homes in the 2,152 to 2,373-square-foot range would be “priced from the high $600,000, Warmington says on its website.
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