ALAMEDA -- The neighborhood bordering San Francisco Bay that will become the "Town Center" of Alameda Point will include homes and businesses within walking distance of the waterfront, plus parks and other recreational amenities under a draft proposal that will go before the Planning Board on Wednesday.
The future Town Center would be located around what is now the Seaplane Lagoon at the former Alameda Naval Air Station, or the same area where the Swedish Artemis Racing crew transferred its boat into and out of the bay as part of the America's Cup.
Bike and pedestrian paths, a marina with ferry service docks, patios and overlooks as well as launching spots for kayakers also would be part of the future neighborhood, which currently features former U.S. Navy aircraft hangars, including one that was used by Artemis Racing.
The goal is to transform the area into "an iconic place-making destination," according to city officials.
The public can weigh in on the proposals during a special session Wednesday, when the Planning Board will host a hearing on the draft conceptual plan of the future Town Center.
"The Town Center and waterfront area will be the central hub of Alameda Point with a range of uses, including multi-family residential housing, recreational and visitor-serving uses, retail/commercial space, and maritime commercial uses within close proximity to transit," according to a background report prepared for the board.
Representatives of urban design consultants Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, which has been hired by the city to help create the draft plan, are expected to attend Wednesday's session.
Along with proposals for a Town Center, the board will consider a draft master infrastructure plan for Alameda Point during the meeting.
Efforts to finalize plans for the Town Center and work out an overall infrastructure plan are considered key steps toward the redevelopment of the former Navy base.
The upcoming meeting follows the city taking ownership of about 1,400 acres of the site in June through a no-cost conveyance agreement with the U.S. Navy.
The agreement, the first phase of the base's overall transfer, provided the city with about 500 acres of land and nearly 900 acres beneath San Francisco Bay.
The complete transfer of Alameda Point is projected to be completed by 2019.
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The Planning Board will meet for a special session 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.