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MORE THAN 1,200 APARTMENTS ENVISIONED FOR ALAMEDA SOUTH SHORE CENTER

Mall owners hoping housing gains offset potential retail losses

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By PETER HEGARTY | phegarty@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group

PUBLISHED: July 19, 2019 at 5:45 am | UPDATED: July 20, 2019 at 6:50 am

ALAMEDA — With some brick-and-mortar stores closing as people shift to online shopping, the owners of Alameda South Shore Center are making plans to avoid shuttered businesses and capitalize on the Bay Area’s high demand for housing.

The 45-acre center’s owners, Jamestown L.P., of Atlanta, have submitted a proposal to the city to build up to 1,215 apartments at the shopping center that borders Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach, a popular spot for joggers, picnickers and windsurfers. Jamestown’s plan would take decades to complete if eventually approved. Stores and other businesses would remain at the center’s core, however, even if the proposed housing gets built.

Among anchor businesses currently in the center at Otis Drive and Park Street are Safeway, Trader Joe’s, Kohl’s and Old Navy. The redevelopment would focus on what Jamestown calls the site’s underused southeast and northwest parcels — now occupied by parking lots and the Shoreline Car Wash and Big 5 Sporting Goods, both smaller businesses across from the beach and Shoreline Drive, as well as another area where offices and other lots border Otis Drive.

If the city gives the OK, those businesses would likely not get their leases renewed and the first apartments would rise across from the beach around 2025, according to Jamestown. The entire redevelopment could be finished by about 2045.

“It could be a nice place to live because it’s so close to the beach,” said Amanda Haney, 24, of Oakland, as she shopped at the center on Monday. “But if they’re going to be apartments that not many people can afford, then who will really benefit? Especially if the apartments cause rents nearby to go up and people are forced to leave.”

Alameda South Shore Center, which is surrounded by a residential neighborhood, totals about 600,000 square feet and is one of two major shopping centers in the city. The other center, Alameda Landing, is located near the Webster and Posey tubes that connect with Oakland.

The housing project and its pace of completion will hinge on whether some of the center’s businesses, such as T.J. Maxx and Ross Dress for Less — now located in areas targeted for redevelopment — will still be there in the coming years amid changes in the retail market, said Remy Monteko, a Jamestown vice president of asset management.

Jamestown’s goals are to increase the property’s benefits, be ready for any changes in the retail market and take advantage of the high demand for housing in the Bay Area, she said. Some of the overall housing could include condominiums, Monteko added.

The plan from Jamestown comes as owners of shopping centers and malls try to adjust to changing consumer habits and attract millennials, in part by offering more dining and entertainment options as traditional mall-based retailers such as Macy’s, Sears and JCPenney struggle. This summer, for instance, Round One Entertainment, a Japanese retail chain that offers bowling, arcade games, karaoke and other activities, will open at Hayward’s Southland Mall, where a Mervyn’s and a Kohl’s once operated.

Coresight Research, which analyzes and reports on the retail industry, announced July 11 that so far this year, 7,062 stores have closed throughout the United States, with 3,017 stores opening. That compares with 5,864 closures and 3,258 openings for all of 2018. The data covers department stores and specialty retail businesses, including those that sell consumer electronics, groceries and furniture.

A redevelopment plan  the city approved in 2009 guides changes at the Alameda shopping center. The plan allows owners to develop an additional 60,000 square feet of retail within the center. Jamestown, which submitted its plan to the city in May, wants to amend that plan and convert a portion of the already approved retail expansion to multifamily residential housing.

No date has been announced for when Alameda’s Planning Board or another city body might consider the request to build the housing. An estimated cost for the ambitious project also is not yet available.

Jamestown portfolio features other properties around the country, including Berkeley’s Fourth Street shopping neighborhood off University Avenue near Interstate 80 and Ghirardelli Square in San Francisco.

Jamestown held community meetings July 9 and 10 to get feedback on its plan for Alameda. Other outreach events will be held at the shopping center Aug. 1 and Sept. 5. For information, including to RSVP, go to southshoreneighborhood.com.

“We were really heartened and encouraged by the level of community engagement,” Monteko said.

SWEETHONEY DESSERT MAKES SOUTH SHORE DEBUT, WITH PUDDINGS AND MORE

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Fri. February 1, 2019, 1:02pm

by Hoodline @Hoodline

Photo: Kimberly Y./   Yelp

Photo: Kimberly Y./Yelp

Sweets fans, take heed: there's a new outlet of China-based Sweethoney Dessert now open at 411 S. Shore Center, Suite 412. The Alameda South Shore Center location joins several other Bay Area branches bringing its plethora of Hong Kong-style desserts stateside.

They range from fruit-topped tofu pudding and grass jelly to rice balls coated with peanuts and sesame. There are also some soups — walnut and red bean, sesame and almond — plus smoothies, iced fruit drinks and more. (You can check out the menu here.)

With a four-star rating out of 13 reviews on Yelp so far, the fresh addition has made a promising start.

Joanna L., who was among the first Yelpers to review the new spot on January 28, wrote, "This is the best dessert house in Alameda. It is located in the shopping center area, and it's not even hard to find a parking spot here. Desserts taste so good, and there's great service."

And Mitzi W. added, "The desserts are refreshing and colorful. We went in the middle of the day, the first week it opened, and had great service and a server who explained the various desserts to us."

Interested? Stop by to welcome the new business to the neighborhood. Sweethoney Dessert is open from 11 a.m.–11 p.m. on Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m.–midnight on Friday and Saturday.

RECENTLY CLOSED STONES THROW GETS SECOND LIFE AT NEW BRUNCH POP-UP

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Plus wage left allegations, Hong Kong-style desserts, and more intel

by Janelle Bitker @JanelleBitker  Jan 25, 2019, 9:33am PST

SweetHoney Dessert with mango, ice cream, and mochi

A TASTE OF THE PAST

While Russian Hill favorite Stones Throw closed on January 1, the restaurant is popping up in a new format at Civic Center’s Corridor. Starting tomorrow, fans will find classic Stones Throw dishes at Corridor every Saturday for brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., as prepared by the reunited Stones Throw team of chef Robin Song and pastry chef Tara Lewis. Fans will find Stones Throw’s staple puffed potato and eggs as well as new dishes available a la carte at the bar. Or folks can order the familiar prix-fixe, which starts with a selection of breads or chicken liver mousse and concludes with Lewis’s beignets. The mains include options such as a buttery huckleberry pancake, fried chicken with gravy, and Stones Throw’s burger. See the full menu below.

WAGE LEFT ALLEGATIONS AT A POPULAR STRING OF TAQUERIAS

Gordo Taqueria is paying $690,000 to settle a class action lawsuit. Current and former employees have accused the owners of wage theft, including not receiving overtime pay and legally required breaks. The owners also allegedly only distributed tips a few times per year as opposed at the end of every day. The owners of Gordo, who run five restaurants across San Francisco, Berkeley, and Albany, dispute the allegations.

CHINESE DESSERTS TO THE ISLAND CITY

Alameda has a new place to feast on Hong Kong-style desserts like mango pomelo sago, black sesame soup with glutinous rice balls, and durian pudding. SweetHoney Dessert is now open at Alameda South Shore Center (523 South Shore Center Way), next to Bed Bath & Beyond. The Colma-born chain has seven other Bay Area locations, in addition to more in Southern California and even Canada. The first San Francisco cafe is also on its way.

TACRO REMINDER

The third location of Vive La Tarte opens in Noe Valley tomorrow, January 26, with Belgian-inspired treats, coffee courtesy of Sightglass, wine, and a kids menu. It takes over the former Bliss Bar space at 4026 24th Street — and yes, its highly Instagrammable taco-croissant hybrids will be in tow.

ALAMEDA SERVES UP RED-HOT RESTAURANT WEEK DEALS

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The restaurant week is only in its second year, but there are some excellent deals to be found.

By Katherine Hamilton

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2019

At Trabocco, you’ll get a four-course dinner for $40. Photo by Alain McLaughlin

At Trabocco, you’ll get a four-course dinner for $40. Photo by Alain McLaughlin

Alameda Restaurant Week is only in its second year, but there’s already an impressive list of about 40 restaurants to choose from — some of which are offering big savings on their menus. Deals are available starting Thursday, Jan. 17 and run through Sunday, Jan. 27. I’ve gone through participating restaurants’ menus and picked out the best (and tastiest) deals just for you. For more information, head to AlamedaRestaurantWeek.com.

MAMA PAPA LITHUANIA
You certainly won’t find Lithuanian cuisine at any of the other East Bay restaurant weeks — in fact, Mama Papa Lithuania (1241 Park St.) has claimed to be the only Lithuanian restaurant in the West. Nor will you find a deal so good anywhere else. The restaurant is offering a three-course lunch and dinner special for just $12. There are two menu options available. The first begins with a cabbage and vegetable soup, followed by a main course of handmade dumplings stuffed with mushrooms, sauerkraut, onions, and potatoes. Dessert is a homemade butter cookie. Or go with the second menu, which consists of pea soup topped with bacon, wild cod fillet with mashed potatoes, and a slice of Lithuanian lazy pie for dessert. Both meals also come with herbal hot tea. The lazy pie alone would normally run you $6, so this is a great deal.

SPEISEKAMMER
German restaurant and biergarten Speisekammer (2424 Lincoln Ave.) is offering solid lunch and dinner deals this year. The lunch special, which is also offered on the weekend, will run you just $15. It includes a starter of either pickled vegetable salad or potato-bacon soup, your choice of two mini sandwiches (bratwurst, weiner schnitzel, or schweinebraten), plus your choice of fries or roasted potatoes as a side. The three-course dinner special for $30 includes a starter of fried brussels sprouts, your choice of one of three main courses (beef goulash with spätzle, wild boar hunter’s pie, or grilled trout with rice pilaf), and a dessert of apple strudel with vanilla ice cream. End the meal with the included apple schnapps. A full-sized dinner entrée alone at Speisekammer would normally run you about $20, so $30 for three courses looks like a pretty good deal.

NEPTUNE’S
West End diner Neptune’s (630 Central Ave.) is serving up a three-course brunch for $22. For starters, choose from longanisa-stuffed lumpia, housemade ricotta toast, or avocado-furikake toast. Entrée choices include a West End omelet with bacon, cheddar, tomato, mushroom, and avocado; a sweet waffle topped with ricotta, fruit, honey, and almonds; a smash burger with umami mayo and all the fixings, plus a side of fries; or market veggies with black turtle beans, tomatoes, and home fries. And for dessert, you’ll have to somehow decide between an affogato with macapuno (young coconut) ice cream, or banana lumpia with caramel sauce. Depending on which options you pick, this deal gets you a savings of about $5 compared to normal menu prices.

TRABOCCO
Don’t let Trabocco’s location (2213 S. Shore Ctr.) in the South Shore Center fool you — it’s by far my favorite Italian restaurant in Alameda, and one of my favorites in the East Bay. The lunch special on offer this year — three courses for $28 — is a good value. You’ll get your choice of the soup of the day or a kale, lemon, and bean salad, an entrée of housemade oxtail ravioli, chicken salad, or tuna salad, plus tiramisu for dessert. Compared to normal menu prices, you’re essentially getting a tasty tiramisu at no extra cost. Or for dinner, you can get four courses for $40. For the antipasti course, choose between soup or a winter salad with chicory, grapes, pears, gorgonzola, and Prosecco dressing. The primi course offers a choice between crab cakes in a lobster-brandy cream sauce or braised pork belly with a lentil-farro pilaf. Choose from three main course options: a wood-fired half chicken with potatoes, grilled Scottish salmon and potatoes, or housemade butternut squash ravioli. And of course, the dinner deal includes tiramisu for dessert.

OFF THE GRID AT SOUTH SHORE CENTER

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Things to do in Alameda 

By Evelyn Kennedy

Real Estate Agent with Alain Pinel Realtors CalBRE#00979900

January 11, 2019 06:45 PM

THINGS TO DO IN ALAMEDA ON JANUARY 12 AND 13,2019

 The Alameda’s Farmer’s Market is open to the public on Saturday, January 12, and Tuesday, January 15 mornings from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, rain or shine.  All the fruits and vegetables are available at great prices.  So good! Don’t miss the opportunity to shop for delectable fruits, vegetables, and flowers.  The market is on Haight Avenue at Webster Street and is open rain or shine.

People sitting at folding chairs and tables eating food from Off the Grid food trucks at South Shore Center

Alameda South Shore Center and Off the Grid food trucks will be at South Shore on Saturday, January 12, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in the South Shore Center parking lot in front of Petco.

Crab Cove for Family Nature Fun Hour features “Wonderful Watershed”.  Then find out what’s new at the cove on Saturday, January 12, and Sunday, January 13 at 2:00 pm.  Crab Cove is located at 1252 McKay Avenue. Please call 510-544-3187 for more information.

“Crazy Rich Asians” free movie showing at the Alameda Free Main Library on Saturday, January 12 at 2:00 to 4:00 pm, teens only, 13 to 19.  The library is at 1550 Oak Street. 

VICTORIAN HOUSE ON HOME TOUR

AAPS presents the History of the 45 years of the Alameda Legacy Home Tours, Sunday, January 13 at 7:00 pm at the First Congregational Church, 1912 Central Avenue featuring Conchita Perales and Woody Minor.  The Alameda Architectural Preservation Society lectures are free for members and $5 to all others.

OFF THE GRID AT SOUTH SHORE CENTER

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Things to do in Alameda 

BY EVELYN KENNEDY

Real Estate Agent with Alain Pinel Realtors CalBRE#00979900

January 04, 2019 04:06 PM

THINGS TO DO IN ALAMEDA ON JANUARY 5 AND 6, 2019

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The Alameda’s Farmer’s Market is open to the public on Saturday, January 5, and Tuesday, January 8 mornings from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, rain or shine.  All the fruits and vegetables are available at great prices.  So good! Don’t miss the opportunity to shop for delectable fruits, vegetables, and flowers.  The market is on Haight Avenue at Webster Street and is open rain or shine.

Annual Rose Pruning on Saturday, January 5 at 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Lincoln Park rose garden presented by the East Bay Rose Society.  This free event will feature rose pruning demonstrations and lessons on the care of roses  Lincoln Park is at 1450 High Street.

Alameda South Shore Center and Off the Grid food trucks will be at South Shore on Saturday, January 5, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in the South Shore Center parking lot in front of Petco.

Crab Cove for Family Nature Fun Hour features “Mammals!”.  Then find out what’s new at the cove on Saturday, January 5, and Sunday, January 6 at 2:00 pm.  Crab Cove is located at 1252 McKay Avenue. Please call 510-544-3187 for more information.

PEERS presents a Victorian 12th Night Ball hosted by Mr. Mrs. Fizziwig of a Christmas Carol on Saturday, January 5 beginning at 7:00 pm at the Alameda Elks Rathskeller. Bangers & Mash performs ballroom dance music and no partners are required.  No host bar, light buffet, and tickets are $25 at the door. Elks Lodge is at 2255 Santa Clara Avenue.

Start the New Year Off with an early morning tour of the Alameda Point Antiques Faire on Sunday, January 6, you’ll have a great time people watching, buying cools things, and enjoying delicious food. Entry fee is $10 before 7:30 am, $5 after 9:00 am. If you haven’t been to the Alameda Point Antiques Faire you are missing an excellent event.  It is located at the end of Main Street at Alameda Point. Rain cancels the Faire but it will be held the following Sunday.

People sitting at folding chairs and tables eating food from Off the Grid food trucks at South Shore Center

ALAMEDA’S FIRST TESLA SUPERCHARGER STATION OPERATIONAL

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The supercharger station is located at Alameda South Shore Center.

By Bea Karnes, Patch Staff | Jan 3, 2019 8:28 pm ET

ALAMEDA, CA — Need a fast charge on your Tesla? Alameda's first Tesla supercharger station went online in mid-December. It has 12 stalls, each providing half of a charge in about 30 minutes.

The station is located at Alameda South Shore Center, packed with retail, dining, and entertainment choices to amuse drivers as they wait for their cars to charge.

For drivers traveling long distances, the station is 13 minutes from I-880 and 15 minutes from Oakland International Airport. The supercharger network covers major routes in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, with more than 11,000 Superchargers worldwide.

A formal unveiling ceremony was held on Dec. 19 with Mayor-elect Marilyn Ezzy Ashcraft, Public Utilities Board President Ann McCormick and other civic leaders on hand.

The smiling Mayor of Alameda uses giant brass scissors to cut giant red ribbon tied between two brand new Tesla chargers at South Shore Center surrounded by smiling people.

More information about Tesla's Supercharging network