ALAMEDA -- What is known as the Seaplane Lagoon at the former Alameda Naval Air Station will serve as a future "town center" for a neighborhood that will feature a ferry terminal, waterfront promenades and paths for walking and cycling, the Planning Board will hear on Monday.

The draft plan for the center also calls for reconfiguring Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway so that it ends at a large public plaza at a corner of the lagoon, and for the plaza to feature a retail and "transit village."

A possible landmark building at the foot of the street is also proposed.

The Planning Board will take no action on the plan Monday, when it will also hear about a proposal to include names of U.S. Navy ships for streets at the Alameda Landing housing project.

The new ferry terminal would be located near the end of Pacific Avenue, where it would be designed to limit travel time for ferries within the lagoon. The terminal would also be located away from the lagoon's northeastern edge, where spots for kayaking, small boat landings and a marina are proposed, according to City Planner Andrew Thomas.

The lagoon's northern edge would serve as a large public open space, while public water uses would become less intense and more passive near its western edge, which is close to the endangered Least Tern colony on federal property.


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The draft plan also includes guidelines for the placement and height of new buildings within the area's historic district, such as limiting the height of any new building to the height of the existing former aircraft hangars, and using simple and clean forms for the design of any new structure so that it reflects the industrial character of other existing buildings.

Efforts to finalize plans for the town center are considered key steps toward the redevelopment of the former Navy base, now known as Alameda Point.

After hearing from the Planning Board and gathering public comments, city officials say they will revise the town center plan before they present it again to the board on June 9. The goal is to have it before the City Council in July.

Along with considering the draft plan on Monday, the board will consider a proposal to include names of Navy ships at the Alameda Landing housing project near the Webster and Posey tubes.

It follows the board approving materials and colors for the housing development in March, when members also said they any street names should relate to either the history of the site or the history of Alameda.

Among the proposed street names are Yorktown, Randolph and Shiloh lanes. Because the property was once part of the Navy's Fleet Industrial Supply Center, which was used to sore supplies and parts for Navy ships and aircraft, the names are consistent with the history of the site, according to Thomas, who is recommending the board approve them.

Alameda Landing also includes a shopping center, where Target opened in October.

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. Monday in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave,