Timeline of Events

2006 – EBRPD becomes aware the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) is consolidating operations on McKay Avenue (Neptune Point) adjacent to Crab Cove and might sell a portion of its seven-acre property.

2006-2007 – EBRPD tries to work with GSA to acquire the parcel at no cost through a public benefit conveyance or at the appraised fair market value, pointing to environmental impacts on the state beach and the limited street easement rights available to private developers.

2008 – GSA announces its plans to sell a 3.89-acre portion of its Neptune Point property through a competitive auction.

July 2008 – EBRPD includes line item 18  “Crown Beach – Improve visitor center, restore beach, complete park boundary – $6.5 million to replace and expand Crab Cove interpretive center, currently located in outdated military building.  Expand and restore Alameda Beach to increase space for beach recreation and protect the shoreline. Acquire appropriate surplus federal property if it becomes available.” as part of ballot Measure WW.

August 15, 2008 – EBRPD circulates a fact sheet for Measure WW

September 8, 2008 – City council adopts resolution to support Measure WW, which voters enact in November 2008.

March 2009 – City identifies the entire seven-acre GSA Neptune Point site as an area to be included in its draft housing element identified as APN 74-1305-026.

April 16, 2009 – JES Engineering, Inc., Concord, CA, prepare a map to accompany Legal Description for Alameda Federal Center, Quitclaim Parcel.

March 21, 2011 – GSA produces a YouTube video to attract investors/bidders, featuring Crown Memorial State Beach.

June 1, 2011 – GSA opens its auction.  There are five active bidders, including EBRPD.

November 12, 2012 – EBRPD and an Alameda resident file a lawsuit related to CEQA.

October 20, 2015Settlement Agreement between GSA, State of California and EBRPD

November 16, 2015 – EBRPD records quitclaim deed to purchase a portion of APN 74-1305-026

April 10, 2016 –  Alameda County property tax for APN-74-1305-026

May 11, 2016 – Alameda County Assessor’s office drafts new map of original seven-acre parcel APN 74-1305-026 and creates APN 74-1305-026-1  (EBRPD Quitclaim) identified as Neptune Pointe and  APN 74-1305-026-2 (U.S.A. General Services Administration) identified as Retained Parcel

October 14, 2016Housing and Urban Development Department publish notice of Federal Property Suitable as facilities to Assist in the Homeless. They identify a Suitable/Unavailable Property in California identified as Alameda Federal Center Northern Parcel located at 620 Central Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501, with the Landholding Agency as GSA under Property Number 54201630019 with a Status as Excess, further identified as GSA Number 9-G-CA-1604-AD

December 10, 2016 – Alameda County property tax for APN-74-1305-026-1 and Alameda County property tax for APN-74-1305-026-2

April 28, 2017 – HUD determines parcel suitable for homeless accommodation

May 29, 2017 – Alameda Point Collaborative (APC) files as expression of interest

August 8, 2017 – APC Files application for Alameda Federal Center

November 4, 2017 – APC submits and amends on December 2, 2017 the application to HHS for the McKay Avenue Property (as yet to be disclosed to the public for review)

December 13, 2017HHS conditionally approves property transfer

April 18,2018 – APC submits application to remove G overlay on McKay property

April 26, 2018 – Friends of Crab Cove file Intent to Circulate petition and Initiative to Rezone to Open Space District

May 10, 2018 – The City Attorney prepares the Title and Summary of the chief purpose and points of the proposed measure

May 17, 2018 – Proof of Publication in the Alameda Sun filed with City Clerk

June 6, 2018EBRPD sends letter to Mayor Trish Spencer regarding McKay Avenue remaining parcel

June 6, 2018 – HHS completed the Environmental Assessment of the McKay Avenue property without public comment and came back with no significant impact

July 5, 2018Comments submitted to APC, HHS and GSA regarding the Environmental Assessment


Additional Information and Resources can be found at http://crownharbor.org/center.html



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