Blogging Bayport Alameda

June 24, 2021

The incredible hulk

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:04 am

File this under, “why is housing so expensive?”

Property owner has a old timey garage that they want to tear down and build a single family housing unit on. The Zoning Administrator approved the plan with the request for a variance (involved reducing setbacks). The project is called for review by a Planning Board member. Planning Board received 23 pages worth of comments from neighbors (some duplicated) and your usual community group suspects saying that the owner of the property should not be allowed to do what they would like on their property because parking, light, shade, etc and so forth.

I imagine that even if this makes it through the Planning Board it will be Called for Review at the City Council and the property owner will have to sink even more money into the project even though it’s just probably some dude and not ye old “greedy developer.” In fact, it’s probably some mom n’ pop style operation which won’t even move the needle for someone like Tony Daysog who is all about the mom n’ pops only after they’ve started collecting rent and not when they’re creating a building to collect rent.

The interesting thing about this lot is that it has an address and a garage but no actual residential building attached.

Here are some of the reasons why people are opposing this:

I didn’t know Alameda was known for homeownership given that renter households outnumber home owners.

Yuck “outsiders”!

Won’t someone think about the plants?

More plant thinking and some weird dispute about who an avocado tree belongs to. It’s on a fence line, I feel like this would be an amazing Judge Judy episode about tree ownership.

It’s too big! It’s a “hulking” house clocking in at *checks notes* 1907 sq ft. Is that “hulking”? I live in Bayport so my frame of reference is kinda skewed.

“Even though they’re building off street parking for the new building and just allowing the residents of the building next door to use the driveway but that building doesn’t have parking they should have to provide more parking for an existing building that doesn’t have any parking like my building because that makes complete logical sense.”

This is like the greatest hits of all the complaints.

Oh noes, someone might have to find a parking space that’s not directly in front of their home!

The finding-a-subsidized-car-storage-space-on-the-public-street struggle is real.

This property owner should immediately (after getting this approved) apply for an ADU for the other unit. Might as well get that slid in while you have a ready made opening demoing that garage.


  1. “I often struggle to fit all our cars on our block and neighboring blocks.” Why don’t we just tear down all of our homes and make Alameda one big parking lot?

    Comment by Sleepy Moe — June 24, 2021 @ 10:22 am

  2. “We don’t need to build high-density buildings to meet our RHNA. We can just build ADUs instead. Wait, not like that.”

    Comment by Reality — June 26, 2021 @ 5:01 am

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