Kiwanis Club to Host Speaker on Del Monte Project


Jim Meek of Tim Lewis Communities will speak at the Wednesday, July 9, lunch meeting of the Alameda Kiwanis Club regarding the proposal for a mixed-use community master plan in and around the historic Del Monte Warehouse, 1501 Buena Vista Ave.

The Kiwanis meet at noon at the Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Ave. Lunch is optional.

One of only 30 designated historic landmarks on the Island, the exterior of the warehouse would be restored and preserved under the plan.

The city’s landmark Del Monte building on Buena Vista Avenue could be transformed into a mix of about 300 lofts, flats and townhouses and about 10,000 square feet of commercial space under a proposal that city officials are now considering. (A copy of the plans can be reviewed in the second-floor reference section of the Alameda Main Library.)

Kiwanis are volunteers who aim to change the world through volunteer service to children and communities. For more information, see the group’s website.


Info Night on Del Monte Project Set


Tim Lewis Communities will discuss its proposed development of housing units and related work set for the Del Monte Warehouse at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, June 19, at Mastick Senior Center. The Mastick Senior Center is located at 1155 Santa Clara Ave.

Plans for the city’s landmark Del Monte building on Buena Vista Avenue to be converted into some 300 lofts, townhouses and other housing units, as well as roughly 10,000 square feet of commercial space under a proposal that city officials are now considering.

The goal is to have Tim Lewis Communities’ plans go before the City Council for final approval in June, Thomas said.

(Tim Lewis Communities is also behind Neptune Pointe, the proposal to build single-family homes on former federal property near the Crab Cove Visitor Center at Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach. The East Bay Regional Park District is suing the city over the decision to rezone the neighborhood for housing, and a citizen’s group is campaigning to place a measure on the November ballot that would designate the area as open space so that the park could expand.)

The latest plans call for maintaining Del Monte’s red-brick exterior of the 240,000-square-foot warehouse. The inside, though, would be opened up so two four-story structures could be built behind the walls.

A passage would be added that would go through the building’s center to allow public access to the Oakland-Alameda Estuary and to the proposed shops and restaurants.

The structure was built in 1927 for the California Packing Corp., which was later acquired by Del Monte. The warehouse is one of 30 designated landmarks in the city.

The current designs, put together by San Francisco’s BAR Architects, outline use of loading docks as patios and having shops and restaurants face the Estuary’s Alaska Basin.

Part of the warehouse now serves as a distribution facility.

Along with apartments and townhouses inside the historic building, about an additional 100 housing units and another 15,000 square feet of retail could be built in other areas of the 11.5-acre site, which is bordered by Sherman and Clement streets.

At least 15 percent of any homes built would be designated as affordable for people with low or moderate income, Thomas said.

(Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)