Originally published on the East Bay Express
OK folks, it’s looking like there is going to be stiff competition over the coveted Lawrence Berkeley National Lab second campus. A total of 21 proposals from eight cities were submitted to officials by last Friday’s deadline. Each proposal is vying for what could be an explosive economic engine packed inside a 2-million-square-foot campus. Among the last-minuted bids was a proposal from Golden Gate Fields to put the lab on the Albany shoreline. However, Richmond, where UC Berkeley maintains a large undeveloped tract of land at its Richmond Field Station site, is still considered by many to be the frontrunner.
Although it’s the policy of the lab not to give the names of the applicants for the campus, there are a number of new players who have entered the fray in addition to Golden Gate Fields. Dublin is representing the Tri-Valley area in the battle, with the city council giving its blessing to a proposal by SunCal, a developer known recently for its lawsuits against the City of Alameda. There were also proposals from two Berkeley developers.
Here is a rundown of the known contenders in addition to Albany and Dublin:
Richmond: There are six known proposals coming out the city for a number of sites, including Campus Bay and the North Shore.
Berkeley: Two proposals are being fielded by companies here. Wareham Development, a main player in the push for zoning changes in West Berkeley, is one of the developers involved.
Emeryville: Wareham Development, partnered with TGM Partners, is leading the effort there for a 23-acre-site.
Oakland: Four proposals, three of which are tied to already planned developments in the city.
Alameda: The city is offering a large tract of land at the former Naval Air Station for free.
Walnut Creek: Another outlier in the contest alongside Dublin, the city submitted a proposal for the Shadelands Business Park