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May 28, 2019

A horse designed by committee

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:08 am

Honestly I could not remember what the original plans for the Residence Inn on Harbor Bay was supposed to look like so I had to go and find the original plans.

Oh, yeah, the Residence Inn design plans are back in front of the Planning Board after numerous discussions with the neighborhood.

So which do you like better? A or B:

Screen Shot 2019-05-28 at 5.46.48 AM

Screen Shot 2019-05-28 at 5.47.00 AM

The revised design answer is at the end of the post.

Despite the City Council asking the developer to move the set back along the Bay Trail, staff has recommended that that not happen, from the staff report:

Staff is recommending that the Planning Board maintain the existing setback as approved on December 10, 2018 and as shown on the attached plans in Exhibit 1 for the following reasons:

•   Moving the building further back would increase the apparent height of the building for the residents living on McDonnell Road facing the hotel.   These neighbors have consistently voiced their desire to reduce the height of the building.  As described below, the landscape plan has been enhanced to better screen the hotel from view from these homes.  Moving the hotel closer to the neighbors would undermine the effectiveness of the landscape screening and increase the apparent height of the building from the neighborhood.

•   Moving the building further back would not significantly improve the quality of the Bay Trail experience.  With the existing setback, the building is already 75 feet back from the water’s edge.  The Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) staff and Board of Commissioners reviewed the hotel proposal in February 2019 and determined that the setback was appropriate, was consistent with BCDC waterfront guidelines and standards, and provided maximum feasible public access.  The existing site plan exceeds the BCDC standard of 1:1 (building height to building setback from water).

Design A is the new design after the neighborhood got its hands on the design process. Design B is the original.

I asked the family this morning which one looked better, they all agreed that Design B was more interesting.  Naturally, being Alameda, we’ll end up with the horse camel.  A less interesting looking product after the committee got its hands on it.


  1. Only boaters will see the view from the water side. What matters more is the view from the back & sides. That’s what neighbors and community will see.

    Comment by dave — May 28, 2019 @ 7:42 am

  2. The sailboat in picture A (the new design) is awfully close to the rocks and seems to be headed in the wrong direction. So much for neighborhood involvement in the process.

    Comment by MP — May 28, 2019 @ 8:10 am

    • If you look at picture B that boat just tacked before hitting the rocks.

      Comment by Al — May 28, 2019 @ 12:48 pm

  3. Neither. Too much like any hotel. Why can’t we just have some award winning designers make it look like a Sail boat or a giant anchor or a Harry Potter Castle ?

    Comment by TinyMo — May 28, 2019 @ 7:56 pm

  4. I vote for the Park Street Oil Derrick artist (who the City is trying to destroy with fines…)

    Comment by Nowyouknow — May 28, 2019 @ 9:01 pm

  5. They are both ugly but A had my vote. The other side is more important anyway.

    Comment by michonnekatana — May 29, 2019 @ 12:02 am

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