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$1B Calif. waterfront project to break ground after 2-decade delay

The $1 billion Alameda Point Site A waterfront project in Alameda, Calif., is set to break ground within March after several delays hampered its progress, the San Francisco Business Times reported.

The project was initially sanctioned in 2015, but it faced hurdles in the shape of swelling construction costs that climbed 6% to 10% annually, leading to a redrafting of the initial plan approved in 2014, according to the report, citing Joe Ernst, principal of commercial builder srmERNST Development Partners.

Trammell Crow Residential, not-for-profit affordable developer Eden Housing, retail landlord Madison Marquette and srmERNST Development are listed as developers of the project, with Cypress Equity Investments as financial partner, the publication noted.

The planned 68-acre project aims to convert a portion of the former Alameda naval base into 800 housing units, along with commercial space measuring 600,000 square feet, a 15-acre park and a ferry terminal, which will open in 2020. Infrastructure work on the $500 million first phase will cost roughly $80 million and construction on its 673 housing units is set to commence by the end of 2018, with the first homes expected to open in 2021.

According to the March 20 report, the developers closed on a land transfer on the 30-acre first phase from Alameda earlier in the week, while land transfers for the next two phases are slated for 2024 and 2025. The paper noted development of the whole project will take about 10 years to complete.