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Proposed Development In Alameda Has Residents Conflicted

Jenee Darden
Peter Schamoni, owner of Alameda Beauty Center will close up shop for good in the coming weeks.

A real estate company recently proposed a big development plan for Alameda South Shore Center. It has residents talking about the need for more housing, potential traffic problems and future of the island’s culture. 

"We need the homes, but we need to deal with the problems it will cause at the same time ... traffic" - Alameda resident Alan Saxton

Usually the conversation about Bay Area development centers around San Francisco and Oakland — the big cities. But there’s lots of construction happening in smaller areas too, like Alameda. The recently proposed development plan for South Shore Center is on the minds of the island’s residents.

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Real estate company Jamestown will have office hours to answer community questions on Thursday, Sep. 5, from 4 p.m. through 8 p.m. in Suite 280 at South Shore Center, across from See’s Candy. 


Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She is the executive producer and host of the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds as well as the series Sights + Sounds Magazine. Jeneé also covers East Oakland for KALW. Jeneé has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.