ALAMEDA -- The Planning Board will gather public input Monday on a draft Environmental Impact Report that reviews the effects of redeveloping Alameda Point with homes, businesses and open space.

City officials are considering building 1,425 homes and about 5.5 million square feet of commercial and business space at the former U.S. Navy base.

Parks and trails, a waterfront promenade and a 44-acre sports complex near the Oakland-Alameda Estuary that would include ball fields and swimming pools are also proposed.

The draft EIR looks at the environmental impact of the plans and what can be done to mitigate any negative effects, such as possibly increased traffic in the city's West End. The document also looks at the impact of tweaking the proposals, including building more or fewer homes, as well as the impact of no redevelopment and leaving Alameda Point as it is.

Currently, the former base has 267 housing units and businesses that provide about 1,000 jobs.

But city officials expect 3,240 people will live there and about 8,900 jobs will be created if their current plans go forward.

The future housing would be a mix of apartments and single-family residences and most would be built in the area bordered by Ferry Point and Main Street.

The public hearing set for Monday follows the Planning Board considering a draft plan on a proposal to create a "Town Center" at Alameda Point for the area around what's known as the Seaplane Lagoon.

The waterfront neighborhood would include a ferry terminal and city officials hope it would become a transit hub that would help link the area with the Webster Street Business District through West Atlantic Avenue.


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Along with Monday's hearing, the board will take part in a joint meeting with the City Council on Sept. 25 to again review the draft EIR and gather public comment.

The meetings are among a series of sessions scheduled through next year as city officials consider documents related to transit, transportation and zoning as they work to jump-start redevelopment at the former U.S. Navy base.

The city took ownership of about 1,400 acres of Alameda Point in June through a no-cost conveyance agreement with the Navy, which closed the base in 1997.

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 transfer is expected to be completed by 2019.

The draft EIR is available on the city's website: http://alamedaca.gov/alameda-point/current-draft-documents.

Copies of the document are also available at the City Clerk's Office at City Hall, the city's public libraries, City Hall West at Alameda Point, Mastick Senior Center, the club house at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex, the Alameda Chamber of Commerce, the Alameda Point Collaborative and the reference desk at the College of Alameda.

Reach Peter Hegarty at 510-748-1654 or follow him on Twitter.com/Peter_Hegarty.

IF YOU GO
The Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday in the council chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.