Tonight the Planning Board will get its first look at the first new building to be built at Alameda Point. Unsurprisingly it’s a residential block, albeit with retail on the bottom. It appears to maybe be one of the rental housing units because there are one-bedroom units in addition to three-bedroom units. And there’s a pool. Here’s Block 11 in context with the site.
And more renderings of what the exterior will look like. I’ll warn you that it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea and reads a bit Miami Beach. But you can sort of see the nod to the big hangar buildings with the window treatments. The white is a little, well white, and overall it’s sort of bland and non offensive. Is it exciting? Nope. Does it serve a purpose which is to bring more housing units on line to help with the housing crunch? Yep.
The next set of renders are each floor and what will be there. If you notice there will be seven stories:
And here are the proposed floor plans for the units.
Probably the most exciting thing about the project is the “naked street” running in front of the project along with waterfront. From the staff report:
The waterfront street in front of Block 11 is designed to serve as an extension of the adjacent waterfront park and provide a strong pedestrian-oriented, bicycle friendly, street front between the building and the park. Designed without curbs and without asphalt, the “naked street” utilizes paving materials, colors and textures, along with landscaping, to create an inviting public space through which vehicles may slowly pass, approximately 12 vehicles may be parked, pedestrians may stroll along and across, and bicyclists may pass through with little concern for speeding vehicles.
This one project contains almost of quarter of the homes that have been approved for Site A at 220. 20 of the units are deed restricted for moderate income individuals and/or families. These are the details from the staff report about what’s in the building:
- Approximately 25,000 square feet of on-site ground floor commercial retail uses;
- A variety of on-site amenities including approximately 4,500 square feet of interior community and recreational facilities, as well as a large landscape podium above the retail and parking levels with lap pool and a roof top garden with views to the bay and San Francisco beyond;
- Two lobbies that serve residents, each accessed through a street-facing garden;
- 15-minute transit services to the regional ferry, BART, Downtown Oakland, and nearby Alameda shopping districts, and access to on-site amenities;
- Directly accessible space for the secure storage of approximately 240 bicycles, with contiguous space for bicycle maintenance and repair; and
- 224 on-site unbundled parking spaces plus 11 tandem spaces for resident parking as well as 60 parking spaces available for retail uses.
Overall not my favorite design ever, and I’m pretty forgiving when it comes to new construction aesthetics, but I’m more excited about something being built out at Alameda Point in the very near future.