I had this whole post already written about parklets (also on the Planning Board agenda on Monday night) but I had to bump it for this set of graphics for the Gateway parcel. Just so you know, both the Chase bank design review and the In-N-Out design review will not be put to a vote on Monday night because the plans were not submitted in time for Sunshine Ordinance compliance. Although I think it might be under the Brown Act because of the weekend…anyway, not on the agenda for approval but review only.
However all the other use permit things will be on the agenda, the Safeway gas design review, extended hours of operation for the gas station and In-N-Out. Safeway has withdrawn their request for beer and wine sales after much indication from the Planning Board that they were not inclined to approve and In-N-Out has dropped their request for super extended operating hours. They are now asking for an closing time of 12:30 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday and 1:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. As a comparison, staff provided this in the report:
A survey of other restaurants in the area and in Alameda reveals that extended hours for restaurants are not unusual. For example, all restaurants at the South Shore Shopping Center have approval to stay open until midnight. A number of restaurants on Park Street have requested, and received, approval to stay open until midnight or 2:00 am. Spice I Am recently received approval to stay open until 2:00 am in response to customer demand. The Taco Bell on Webster Street closes its drive-through at 3:00 am on weekdays, and 4:00 am on Friday and Saturday. The Jack in the Box is open until midnight, and the drive-through is open 24 hours a day. Carls Jr. dining room and drive-through are open until midnight Sunday-Thursday and until 1:00 am on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Planning Board will still need to provide an okay to operate both the Chase and In N Out drive-thrus and the 24 hour operation for the Safeway gas station.
So I don’t have a copy of the In N Out designs yet because — also according to the staff report:
In-N-Out Burger was delayed because they are developing a unique design for Alameda, which must first undergo internal company approval before being submitted for City review.
But I do have the drawings for the new Chase bank, which will run along the all important gateway side of the remnant parcel. But first, some context for those that do not venture to the West side
Coming out if the Tube you can choose to stay on the right to Webster Street or stay left on to Constitution.
View to the right:
View to the left:
Beginning of view of the remnant parcel:
As you can see the first thing you will see if you go toward Webster instead of Constitution, you’ll see the landscaped tip and the beginnings of the gas station canopy. There are plans for a tree screen on the Webster side, but you know how it is with tree screens, they always end up being puny to start with.
Lining Webster on the remnant parcel will be the Chase bank which looked like this in the initial plans:
Pretty meh. When I was screen capturing the images I literally couldn’t figure out which one I had just captured because it was so eh.
Here’s the new look, which is almost completely different from the original and has a traditional bank-y feeling:
The West and North elevations are going to be the most important for folks that are concerned with gateway attractiveness since those will be the ones that will face Webster. I think. I’m not quite sure, sometimes I’m directionally challenged.
Here’s one of the signs proposed for the site, no 65 ft pylons here, but here’s the hilarious part, look at the little scale version of the people in front of the sign, given that there is no sidewalk crossing approved for that side I’m not sure how those reference people made it over to that side of the street: