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beach, complete park boundary – $6.5 million to replace and expand Crab Cove interpretive center, currently located in outdated military building.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 2008 – City council endorses 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.
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, 2016 – Housing 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
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
December 13, 2017 – HHS Conditionally approves property transfer
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