The project that has been forever in the planning process is (finally?) moving ahead. Boatworks is having a study session at the Planning Board tonight which is sort of the pre cursor to actual plan approvals.
From the Staff Report, here’s a super nutshell version of how we got to here:
In September 2010, the City Council rezoned the 9.48-acre subject property to include 1.8 acres of waterfront open space and 7.6 acres of residentially zoned land. In September 2011, the City Council approved a Tentative Map for a 182-unit residential project with a 1.8-acre waterfront open space. In September 2015, the City Council approved a one-year extension for the 2011 Tentative Map until July 2016. On December 3, 2015, the applicant submitted an application for Development Plan approval for the property, which is different from the 2011 Tentative Map. (Exhibit 1)
On March 7, 2016, staff transmitted a letter to the applicant (Exhibit 2) that raises a number of issues that would need to be resolved to bring the Development Plan and Density Bonus applications into compliance with the Alameda Municipal Code (AMC).
The purpose of the May 9th, 2016 Planning Board study session is to provide an opportunity for the Planning Board to review and comment on the current Development Plan and Density Bonus applications.
An EIR has already been done for the site, but the project will need a development plan approved and, more importantly, a density bonus application approved. Now, before even getting to that I predict that this project will not end at the Planning Board level but will end up in some sort of review at the City Council. I hope the developers have budgeted for that.
Here’s the proposed market rate housing:
Staff is currently evaluating the Development Plan’s proposed distribution of housing unit types and sizes, which includes:
* 30 single family homes (16%),
* 68 units in duplex buildings (38%),
* 54 units in townhomes (30%), and
* 30 units in a single multifamily building of stacked flats (16%).
In terms of unit size, all of the single family homes, duplex units, and most of the townhome units are between 2,873 square feet in size (four or five bedrooms) and 2,101 square feet in size (two to three bedrooms). The 40 townhomes facing Clement Street and Oak Street are 1,422 square feet (two to three bedrooms), and the multifamily building’s units vary in size from 420 square feet to two units that are approximately 1,900 square feet.
As for the affordable housing portion:
* 13 very low-income units (9% of 140 units to qualify for a 30% bonus and meet the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance requirement)
* Six low-income units (4% to meet the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance requirement), and
* 10 moderate-income units (7% to meet the inclusionary ordinance requirement).
The applicant it proposing to place all of the affordable units in a single multifamily building on the corner of the property. Staff believes that the affordable units can be provided in a single building on the site; however, under the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, the inclusionary units should be “comparable” to the market rate units. All but two of the 13 very low-income units are less than 800 square feet in size. The eight moderate-income units are all less than 1,150 square feet in size.
And staff is recommending for traffic mitigation purposes:
* Join the Northern Waterfront Transportation Management Association.
* Fund commute hour bus service with 20-minute headways and provide a minimum of one AC Transit pass to each household.
* To fund the bus service and passes, the project shall provide annual funding in the following amounts (amounts shown in 2015 dollars with annual CPI increase):
– Single family detached: $550/year
– Attached row houses: $450/year
– Multifamily flats: $350/year
The annual transportation fees are set to match the rates for Marina Shores, 2100 Clement, and the Del Monte Building.
And here are some renderings of the proposed waterfront green, which looks really nice, and a phasing plan: