Paul Kibel 
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Re: “A New Vision for Alameda Point

I writing to respond to the question posed above, about how relocating the proposed VA facility somewhere else in Alameda Point could reduce traffic-related impacts. This is fair question that merits a clearer response. The current proposed location for the VA facility would be in the middle of the open space expanses, where the wetlands and waterfowl are located and where there are currently proposals to create parkland and a wildlife refuge. The presence of high volumes of traffic cutting through these open space expanses (to reach the VA facility) would adversely impact (via noise and exhaust) the waterfowl that now use these open expanses as habitat and would fragment and visually degrade the parkland potential of these open expanses. In contrast, moving the proposed VA facility to where the Berkeley Labs had been proposed (near Seaplane Lagoon) would keep the road/traffic out of these open space expanses thereby avoiding the traffic/road related adverse impacts on waterfowl and park usage. The commentor above is correct, however, that even with this alternative VA location attention would still need to be given to the impacts of getting VA facility employees and users into Alameda and out to Alameda Point. (Paul Kibel, Co-Director of the Center on Urban Environmental Law at Golden Gate University School of Law).

Posted by Paul Kibel on 05/29/2012 at 1:30 PM

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