Our friends across the bay have just approved a new neighborhood proposed for Treasure Island.
The plan, almost 15 years in the making, calls for 19,000 new residents to live in a new neighborhood wrapped in open space and dotted with high-rises, one as tall as 450 feet. Residential units would be within walking distance of shops, a grocery store, a school and new ferry terminal.
Over the next 20 to 30 years, they intend to morph the island from an aging former Navy base into a state-of-the-art neighborhood with a mix of affordable and market-rate homes, all designed to save water and energy.
The comparisons between Alameda Point and Treasure Island might not be fair (due to all the cleanups etc that we’ve been saddled with), but the fact remains that we’re still lacking a coherent vision on how to move forward, 14 years after the base was closed.