ALAMEDA -- The rezoning of the neighborhood north of Park Street and the protection of endangered California least terns at Alameda Point will be on the agenda when the City Council meets Tuesday.
The council was set to consider rezoning the area near the Park Street Bridge on March 25, but officials pulled the item because information was missing from a background report and thus violated the city's Sunshine Law.
Among the goals of the zoning changes is to promote a "pedestrian-oriented design" as the retail strip near the bridge is redeveloped. But the goal also is to maintain nearby residential neighborhoods and to help guide changes around Clement Avenue and Oak Street, where crews recently demolished long-blighted warehouses and where property owner Francis Collins aims to build housing. The strip of Park Street set to be rezoned was traditionally an auto row and links downtown with Oakland and Interstate 880.
"The north Park Street area represents an important economic development opportunity for Alameda and a wonderful opportunity to recreate a transit-oriented, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use environment along Park Street at the gateway to Alameda," City Planner Andrew Thomas said in a statement.
The proposal before the council calls for the area bordered by the Oakland-Alameda Estuary, Lincoln Avenue, Times Way and Oak Street to be rezoned into five districts. Among the districts is one for maritime manufacturing along the Estuary and another for mixed uses that would serve as a buffer between nearby homes and businesses. The current zoning includes areas for industrial, commercial and automobile uses.
The effort to change the neighborhood's zoning and create new development rules began in 2007, when city officials began working with the Park Street Business Association and others to create the Gateway District Strategic Plan. It was an attempt to jump-start revitalization as auto dealerships began to close.
Among the projects that will fall under the new Gateway District is the proposed CVS store in the 1600 block of Park Street, where work is under way to construct two buildings next to the Alameda Marketplace. The Good Chevrolet dealership once stood on the site.
On Tuesday, the council will also consider adopting an agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to fund a predator management plan to help protect the California least tern, the endangered species that nests at the former Alameda Naval Air Station as they migrate along the California coast.
The agreement follows the council supporting a proposal by the U.S. Navy to transfer 74 acres at the former base to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Northern California to help protect the birds -- land that was initially expected to be turned over to the city. The aim behind the change is to create open space between the colony and a health clinic and columbarium that the VA aims to build.
In other business, the council will consider appointing Dania Alvarez-Morroni and Stanley Tang to the Planning Board and Michael Robles-Wong to the Social Service Human Relations Board.
The City Council will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the City Council chamber at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.