Running into some neighbors last night at La Piñata, I learned that the gas station that is under review for going into Alameda Towne Centre (you know, the Centre at the south shore
of Alameda) is going to be a....Super-Sized Gas Station!
Okay, but is this really happening? The city of Alameda has just set up this Climate Protection Task Force, which has determined that half
of all our carbon emmisions are from automobile travel. One would think that it would be in our city's best interest to discourage
driving and encourage alamedans to use other methods to travel whenever possible.
So how is allowing a Super-Sized Gas Station
going to accomplish this?
Remember "Field of Dreams" and the saying "If you build it, they will come"? This is a perfect analogy. Alameda is surviving, perhaps even doing better, now that that gas station on the corner of Park and Otis is gone. Sure, maybe a few people are inconvenienced a bit. I can understand why people want to replace it (more or less). But why even consider
putting in a Super-Sized
I'm guessing that the situation is that Harsch (the developers) are asking for approval for this project because, well, everybody always asks for something big in negotiations. The idea is that then the other side negotiates them down to something smaller. But I'm afraid that the City of Alameda, dollar signs in the eyes thinking about tax revenue, is all-too-easily going to say "YES" to whatever Harsch asks for.
Let's not just roll over and let Harsch get what they ask for. I don't expect that the request to put in a gas station will be denied, but it certainly sounds reasonable to deny the request for Super-Size.The Planning Board meets April 23 to talk about this issue. I hope that there will be some voices to balance the desire for sales tax revenue with the need to discourage automobile travel and greenhouse gas emmissions.