ALAMEDA -- City officials are aiming to have the retail center at Alameda Landing, the mixed-use development in the city's West End, completely built and occupied by next summer, the Planning Board heard Monday.

But city Planner Andrew Thomas also said much work needs to be done before construction can begin at the center, where Safeway, Michaels and other businesses are expected to open. Work is already under way on the center's Target store, which is set to open in October.

On Monday, the board approved allowing the future Safeway to stay open 24 hours each day. But the board also decided to review the hours one year after the supermarket actually opens after some nearby residents said they were concerned about noise.

The board also approved a design review application for 10 commercial buildings at the center, including the one that will house Safeway, although the board also requested minor design changes for some buildings.

Alameda Landing is located on 77 acres near the Oakland-Alameda Estuary that were once used for a supply center for the former Alameda Naval Air Station. It borders Bayport housing.

Along with stores and offices, the project calls for 275 homes -- including condominiums and single-family homes -- and an apartment building with 23 affordable units.

"We are creating a place here, not just a building with businesses, but a place where you can come," said Sean Whiskeman of Catellus Development Corp., which is behind the overall project.


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The center will feature palm trees, public art displays and outdoor seating, Whiskeman said,

The 45,000-square-foot Safeway, which will be located at Fifth Street and Stargell Avenue, will be a 'lifestyle" store with a deli and a Starbucks, according to city officials.

Thomas, the city planner, recommended the board allow the new supermarket to stay open 24 hours, noting that the Safeway at Alameda South Shore Center has those hours and it has not caused problems for nearby residents.

But Planning Board member Lorre Zuppan said she believes the homes planned for Alameda Landing will be located closer to its retail center than the homes around South Shore.

"I think the possibility for noise is a little bit higher to reach the residents," Zuppan said.

The building that will house Michaels, the arts and crafts store chain, will be located at the eastern end of the retail center, or near where the current Mariner Square Athletic Club now stands.

Other buildings planned for the center will have restaurants and smaller retail business. One proposed for along Fifth Street will feature have a second-story for offices.

On Monday, the board was set to carry out a design review and consider a use permit application for three other commercial buildings that fall under the Alameda Landing project on Willie Stargell Avenue between Webster Street and Mariner Square Loop. One of the buildings is expected to house an In-N-Out Burger, while another will be a gas station connected to the Safeway store at the retail center.

But city officials asked the board to postpone the request until July 22.

It follows some Bayport residents telling the board last month that they wanted the plans revamped, saying some of them will have a view from their decks of the red, neon-like lights of the burger restaurant, and that the eatery will draw College of Alameda students across busy Atlantic Avenue, creating safety risks for pedestrians and drivers.

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