Concerns Over Historic Alameda Theater Project
ALAMEDA, CA — The following email was sent in by Jennifer V:
“City Officials are endorsing a development deal to partially rehabilitate the historic Alameda Theater, and attach a new 2-story 7-screen multiplex with a 6-story parking garage.
As details of the plans have been made available, many citizens are horrified to learn that the Alameda Theater will not be completely renovated: the balconies will be inaccessible, the exterior will not be painted, the main theater will house stadium seating, and a historical mural that was painted over will not be restored. Futhermore, at least 3 holes will be made to connect the old theater to the new cineplex.
Citizens for a MegaPlex-Free Alameda has been formed, and our website, www.stopalamedamegaplex.com has the latest artist rendering, as well as additional information about the project and our concerns. There are also links to petitions, letters, and flyers.
The new addition in no way complements the historic theater. The building and parking structure’s massing will dwarf the theater. The design has little or no art deco features. Alameda is an island community with no highway access. The board is using $25 million of public money (development funds) to subsidize this project.
This project is surrounded by several historic buildings and will have a negative impact on this community, as well as desecrate the historic Alameda Theater. The theater is in dis-repair, but many are convinced there is a better way. The theater owner is refusing to sell, so the City is pursing Eminent Domain.
We are sending out a desperate call to anyone who may have any resources we can utilize to stop this project before it is too late!"