Coalition Correspondence – dtd 07/18/2005 to Chairman Principi from James Watson Page: 4 of 10
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07/20/05 WED 21:01 FAX 7076445657
DCN 4959 BRAC Commission
Mr. Andrew Thomas
Re: Preservation of NAS Historic District at Alameda Point JUL 2 12
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study for every building identified on the enclosed list if it is proposed for removal in the
Preliminary Development Concept or any of the PDC options, so that the full range of
options can be considered. AAPS supports the adaptive reuse of the buildings listed on
the attached page, and has provided a number of preliminary suggestions for reuse in the
workshops and in previous communications with you.
The removal of many historic buildings appears to be a reasonably foreseeable
consequence of the Navy's transfer of the former NAS to the City. Therefore, AAPS
requests a thorough explanation of and schedule for the City's process for compliance
with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
Under the Preliminary Development Concept, preservation of the Senior Officer Housing
("Big Whites"), the Admiral's House, and the O'Club are threatened by the soil
conditions and potential flood hazard. We believe these buildings should be preserved in
place. If preservation of the houses and C'Club in place proves too difficult or costly,
AAPS would support relocating them in order to preserve them only as a last resort
alternative. We offer the following proposal for your consideration: the Big Whites could
be permanently relocated to the adjacent block directly west of their current location.
The houses could be placed closer together than under the existing condition, but they
wouldstill be in a setting and street plan reminiscent of the original layout. This less
costly alternative would require the houses to be moved only once onto new foundations
on the new site, rather than from their current locations temporarily and then, following
ground remediation, back to their original locations. The O'Club and/or the Admiral's
House could be relocated to the same block also. Please refer to the enclosed plan for
saving the Big Whites (note that the plan as initially drafted calls for moving twenty-four
houses, although only seventeen are historically significant; the remaining space on the
block could be occupied by the O'Club and/or the Admiral's House).
Finally, AAPS once again requests a review copy of the complete geotechnical studies
completed for the area now occupied by the Big Whites, Officer's Club, and Admirals'
House. The City and developer have based many of their plans on the results of these
studies. It is difficult for us to come to accurate conclusions about the proposal to
remove these buildings without reviewing the technical data.
AAPS requests the City to make a firm commitment to preserving the historic district,
and to identify which buildings are to be preserved. Alameda is honored to contain a
historic district tied to events of national historical significance. The NAS Historic
District is more than worthy of preservation in as complete an entity as possible. We
look forward to working with the City and its developers as redevelopment concepts are
AAPS will pursue the addition of select buildings outside the National Register district
boundaries to the City's City Monument designation, and their nomination to the
Historical Building (Study) List. These buildings include the Flight Control Tower, the.
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