Planning board to weigh in on new businesses by Webster Tube

Planning board to weigh in on new businesses by Webster Tube

Michele Ellson
Alameda Landing

Catellus Corporation is proposing to bring an In-N-Out Burger, Safeway gas station and Chase bank branch to this 2.3 acre site near the Webster Tube.

Alameda’s Planning Board will weigh in Monday on a proposal to place a 24-hour Safeway gas station and convenience mart, a Chase Bank branch and an In-N-Out Burger fast food restaurant at the mouth of the Webster Tube.

The proposal is part of the Alameda Landing development on the Navy’s 77-acre former Fleet Industrial Supply Center Annex. The new development will include a Target-anchored shopping center and 276 new homes.

The board is being asked to sign off on a design review for the proposed development of the 2.3-acre site into three commercial buildings that would accommodate the businesses. The land is currently zoned to allow a mix of businesses and housing, including apartments and other multifamily housing, but no housing is planned for the site.

The permits are needed for a pair of drive-through lanes and to allow the burger restaurant to remain open until 2 a.m. and the gas station – which city staff said is a “precondition” to Safeway’s building a store in the new shopping center – to remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Safeway is also asking for permission to sell beer and wine in the 950-square-foot convenience market, but staff is recommending that the board not grant it. Last year, the city denied a Webster Street gas station permission to sell alcohol, City Planner Andrew Thomas noted in a report to the board for Monday’s meeting.

Safeway’s Alameda South Shore Center gas station is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, he wrote, and the city refused the grocery chain’s request to sell alcohol there as well.

A traffic study conducted for the project’s developer, Catellus Corporation, determined that the proposed development would not significantly impact traffic. But city staffers want to ask for land that would allow them to widen Mariner Square Loop in the future if needed.

They are also recommending the city seek property easements that would allow the city to build sidewalks along Webster Street and Wilver “Willie” Stargell Avenue should Caltrans – which controls both Webster Street and the Tube – allow better pedestrian access there.

Construction on the Landing development’s shopping center began in July 2012; the center will be anchored by a 139,000-square-foot Target store slated to open in October, and the development is also expected to include a 45,000-square-foot Safeway store, a Michaels craft store, a Sleep Train, a Habit Burger Grill and a Corner Bakery Café. A hearing on the design of some of the shopping center’s buildings was scheduled for Monday, but has been moved to July 8.

The housing to be built on 22 acres of the former Navy property is to include a mix of single-family homes, townhomes and condominiums, flats and an apartment building.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Monday in council chambers on the third floor of City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. It will be broadcast on Comcast cable channel 15 and AT&T cable channel 99 and webcast on the city’s website.