Coalition Correspondence – dtd 07/18/2005 to Chairman Principi from James Watson Page: 2 of 10
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07/20/05 WED 21:01 FAX 7076445857
DCN 4959 BRAC Commission
Coalition Corres dence
Veterans CommunitL 212005
SFBR C/ VCRF Development Proposal
For Adaptive Reuse of Alameda Point, California
providing for Veteran's Needs and an integrated Ho using and Resort Proposal in keeping with
theARRA 1996 NAS Alameda Community Reuse Plan, combining:
Housing, Transit, Wildlife Preserve, Veteran's Memorial, Veteran's Offices,
Training, Therapy, other Transitional Services for Disabled Veterans and Sanctifled Interment
The California Cultural Center & San Francisco Bay Resort Club (SFBRC)-
Adonia, Nauteco, Xanadu & Playa Oso Dorado ecoResortsT'and Marinas, including
Golf Tennis, Yachting, hiking, nature studies, & Sports Training Facilities
Introduction-Alameda Point Community Partners' (APCP) June 8, 2005 Draft Preliminary
Development Concept drifts significantly from the 1996 NAS Alameda Community Reuse Plan and the
2003 City of Alameda General Plan Amendment for Alameda Point. It also does not consider the City
of Alameda's proposed hotel and golf development, Alameda Point's unique location across the Bay
from San Francisco and surrounding the largest Marina in Northern California, or the recently defined
needs of American Veterans for surplus government facilities. This Compromise Development
Concept brings the disparate factors together into a single plan that provides for the needs of the
community while facilitating the highest and best use of Alameda Point.
History- The City of Alameda has been engaged in negotiations with the United States Navy for a
decade regarding the clean-up of contaminants and transfer of the surplus naval facilities in Alameda.
APCP has acted as an agent for the City regarding a portion of the land that has hundreds of millions
of dollars in facilities of historic and economic value, but leaving the bulk of the contaminants on a
parcel with no useful facilities, and which has recently been designated for Veteran's services.
The Veteran's Administration (VA) was placed in a quandary: it needed to meet the increased demand
for services created by the conflict in Iraq, but could not accept the contaminated land because it had
not identified a funding source to mitigate the potential liability to the Navy and Veteran's Affairs
regarding potential impacts on the environment or human health should the VA take title to the land.
No funds are currently available for the VA to build facilities required for Veteran's services.
James Watson, Director, Veterans Community Resource Federation (VCRF), realized that the
Veterans Administration could trade land that was useless to it, for some of the surplus Naval
facilities. Watson attempted to contact APCP, which did not return phone calls. Watson then learned
that APCP had proposed (on June 8, 2005), a Draft Preliminary Development Concept that drifts
significantly from the 1996 NAS Alameda Community Reuse Plan upon which the negotiations with
the Navy were based. Of particular note, the APCP Concept proposed to charge the City of Alameda to
bulldoze facilities that were usable for Veteran's services. Watson investigated further, and learned
that APCP had jumped the gun on the Navy by causing significant damages to the property under its
stewardship so it could rationalize violating the Reuse Plan by tearing down the historic buildings.
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