ALAMEDA -- Alameda voters will decide whether the neighborhood near the Crab Cove Visitor Center at Robert Crown Memorial State Beach will be designated as open space after a citizen's group announced Friday that its petition had secured enough valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot.
The Friends of Crown Beach oppose a proposal to build homes on surplus federal property along McKay Avenue, which leads into the center.
"There is so much community support for this park expansion," the group's Kathy Schumacher said in a statement. "We energized each other and accomplished our task quickly. I hope Alamedans will vote enthusiastically for this measure in the November election."
More than 6,000 people signed the petition, which was reviewed by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters. About 4,400 signatures were needed to be valid for the "Initiative for Expansion of Open Space at Crab Cove" to go before voters.
The Alameda City Council is expected to decide June 3 whether to adopt the ordinance without sending it to the voters, submit the initiative to the voters, or to request a report on the effect of the proposed initiative.
The East Bay Regional Park District wanted to acquire the approximately four-acre property near the beach but was outbid by developer Tim Lewis Communities in a June 2001 auction hosted by the U.S. General Services Administration.
Known as Neptune Pointe, the neighborhood was one of several where the City Council adopted zoning changes in July 2012 to meet the city's affordable housing and other residential needs.
The Friends of Crown Beach said it will celebrate the successful signature drive with a party between 3 to 5 p.m. June 1 at the Aeolian Yacht Club near the Bay Farm Island Bridge. All are welcome.
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