City takes step toward marina development 

The lure of hotels, office space and perhaps a convention center on Oyster Point has city officials pursuing their options for development out on the Bay shore.

The City Council pushed forward with its interest in high-intensity development at Oyster Point Marina at a recent meeting. The council also approved a contract with consulting firm Kleinfelder Inc. to study whether such development is financially or environmentally feasible for the city.

The contract with Kleinfelder Inc. will be worth $46,000.

The site formerly was a landfill and recently has prompted worries about methane gas leaking into the soil. But many maintain that the Bay view and shoreline make it ideal for any number of uses, whether it’s outdoor recreation or hotels and a convention center.

The marina is also the planned site for a new ferry terminal that would provide service to San Francisco and the East Bay beginning in 2008.

ROMA Design Group prepared a land-use study in the fall, and the study identified three alternatives uses for the former landfill site near the Oyster Point Marina: maintaining it as public open space; low-profile office and hotel use; or a "high intensity" option of mid-rise office and hotel buildings with retail and a convention center.

Assistant City Manager Marty Van Duyn said pursuing a contract with Kleinfelder was not a guarantee that the high-intensity option for the Oyster Point Marina would be chosen.

Mayor Rich Garbarino wanted the land to stay as something that’s "open to everyone," such as a combination of a recreational area and a conference center.

dsmith@examiner.com

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