The East Bay Regional Park District today announced it will become the owner of an important 3-acre parcel on McKay Ave in Alameda which will lead to the expansion of Crown Memorial State Beach.
The Park Districts purchase resolves an eminent domain action by the United States government against the
State of California and the Park District to seize control over portions of McKay Avenue, the main access road
to Crab Cove.
The Park District agreed to a purchase price of $2,182,500 for the property which formerly housed the U.S.Department of Agriculture. The Board of Directors is expected to formally approve the purchase at its Nov. 3 meeting. In addition, the parties have agreed that ownership of McKay Avenue will return to the State.
The publics interest prevailed with this agreement, said Doug Siden, long-time Park District director representing Alameda.
Much credit goes to the Friends of Crown Beach who worked hard to share the voices of thousands of residents who thought public access to the shoreline was more important than creating a few dozen luxury houses. We are appreciative of their efforts.
After the USDA offices were consolidated and its employees were relocated, the small parcel of land known as Neptune Point became a hot topic in 2011 when the GSA agreed to sell the property to a private developer who planned to construct 48 homes adjacent to Crown Memorial State Beach.
The United States sued the State of California and the Park District in an eminent domain action in 2014 to
acquire McKay Avenue in an attempt to complete its sale of Neptune Point to a private developer. The State Attorney Generals office, working with EBRPD attorneys and the California State Parks, fought back and argued that such action should be reserved for public bene fit, not the private benefit of a residential developer. In the alternative, the State and the Park District claimed that if the United States was allowed to
take McKay Avenue, the United States would need to pay $1.4 million in compensation.
The community won with this agreement, said Robert Doyle, General Manager of the East Bay Regional Park
We promised in 2008 through our Measure WW bond electio
n that we would expand Crab Cove with this valuable land, adding, the District has spent millions of dollars to maintain and improve this treasured public beach and has a long history in the community. We are happy to deliver on our promise to the community and thank the community, as well as the Attorney G
eneral, for their unwavering support during this lengthy process.