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In 1993, Congress decided to close the Alameda Naval Air Station (NAS), which finally happened in 1997. A year prior to its closure, in January of 1996, the City of Alameda adopted the NAS Alameda Community Reuse Plan, a 'roadmap' for the conversion of the former Naval Air Station to civilian use.

The Reuse Plan was prepared for the Alameda Reuse and Redevelopment Authority (ARRA), an agency created and governed by the City Council, with extensive citizen input solicited by the Base Reuse and Advisory Group (BRAG), now known as the Alameda Point Advisory Committee (APAC). The Reuse Plan established the following vision for the reuse of the former NAS:

"Between now and the year 2020, the City of Alameda will integrate the Naval Air Station property with the City and will realize a substantial part of the Base's potential. Revenues will have increased and a healthy local economy will have resulted from the implementation of a coordinated, environmentally sound plan of conversion and mixed-use development. While building upon the qualities which make Alameda a desirable place to live, efforts for improving recreational, cultural, educational, housing, and employment opportunities for the entire region will have been successful."

"To facilitate implementation of the Reuse Plan, in 2002, the City of Alameda adopted a comprehensive set of General Plan policies to guide redevelopment of the former Naval Air Station consistent with the vision articulated by the Reuse Plan. The General Plan for Alameda point is located at: http://www.ci.alameda.ca.us/planning/pdf/GPChap9.pdf. The Reuse Plan is available in hard copy at the City of Alameda."