Alameda Landing housing plan before Planning Board
The Planning Board is set to consider a proposal to build 275 new homes on 22 acres of former Navy property that sit adjacent to the Bayport housing development and the Posey Tube.
The Alameda Landing housing project to be considered by the board Monday night would wrap 91 single-family homes, 79 two-story condominiums, 26 single-level flats, 56 townhomes and a 23-unit apartment building around a 23-acre, Target-anchored shopping center due to open in October 2013.
The housing being proposed by developers Catellus and TriPointe Homes would be set up along four “blocks” with homes fronting the shopping center, neighborhood parks and 35 foot wide “paseos,” with three of the four “blocks” lining Fifth Street between Mitchell and Stargell avenues and the fourth on the other side of Mitchell, closer to the Tube. In addition to the small parks, the project is slated to include bike and pedestrian paths and trails, including a trail that will connect the neighborhoods to be built on the former Fleet Industrial Supply Center property.
The apartment complex would be built and managed by the Alameda Housing Authority, and an additional 16 homes for moderate-income residents will be scattered throughout the development.
Residents of the new housing development will also be required to pay $300 a year toward shuttles intended to reduce the number of traffic the new homes would generate.
The developers are seeking approval of both the development plan and their request to build units on lots that are smaller than the 2,000 square feet required by Measure A.
The developers had originally proposed constructing 118 single-family homes; 136 second- and third-story townhomes and group floor flats; and a 24-unit apartment complex. The new proposal offers a mix of two- and three-story buildings, including dozens of homes that will be set up to accommodate seniors and people with disabilities.
The Alameda Landing project was approved in 2006 but stalled on a bad economy and ownership changes that saw Catellus swallowed, then disgorged, from a larger developer with a more commercial focus.
In addition to winning the plan approval and Measure A exemption they’re seeing Monday, the project will need to go through a design review before construction can begin.
Other items to be considered by the Planning Board on Monday include design standards for bicycle facilities and a prioritized list of transportation projects that city staffers will be expected to consult when seeking out grant and other funding, which was drafted to address concerns about a perceived lack of public and advisory board input into selection of projects for which the city would seek county transportation sales tax funding.
The top priorities include installing bike lanes on Clement Avenue, at an estimated cost of $1.4 million; street, sidewalk, curb and trail maintenance, which costs $5 million a year; and additional funding for the Estuary Crossing Shuttle, which ferries pedestrians and cyclists from the West End to the Lake Merritt BART station at a cost of $210,000 per year.
The Planning Board is also being asked to sign off on a police memorial project being built to honor two Alameda Police Department officers who died in the line of duty in front of the department’s Oak Street headquarters. The project, which is being funded primarily through private donations, will include busts of Deward Burton Gresham, who died in a motorcycle accident in 1942, and Robert James Davey Jr., who was killed while serving a search warrant in 1983.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Monday in council chambers at City Hall, and will be broadcast live on Comcast cable channel 15 and on the city’s website.