Developer unveils alternative proposal for fitness club site: A hotel

Developer unveils alternative proposal for fitness club site: A hotel

Michele Ellson

Harbor Bay Isle Associates is offering fresh details about a potential alternative to the 80 luxury homes they’d like to build at the current site of the Harbor Bay Club: A 212-room hotel and conference center, plus a restaurant offering up fine dining and a fitness center with tennis courts and a pool.

Specifics of the alternative plan were laid out in a letter the city Harbor Bay Isle Associates submitted to the city Monday.

The potential environmental impacts of the hotel proposal will be studied as an alternative to the 80 homes Harbor Bay Isle Associates has been seeking permission to build on the nine-acre club site, at 200 Packet Landing Road. In addition to the homes, the developer has proposed building a new fitness club on an undeveloped North Loop Road property in the Harbor Bay Business Park.

“This alternative development scenario for this property is obviously physically achievable,” Harbor Bay’s attorney, Daniel F. Reidy, wrote – and would require fewer approvals than new homes.

The letter outlines a proposal to build a 212-room hotel with guestrooms in connected low-rise buildings, alongside at 9,500-square-foot conference center that could hold meeting rooms and common areas. The property could also hold a two-story, 8,000-square-foot restaurant with banquet facilities and a full bar and a 3,000-square-foot fitness center with an outdoor pool and a pair of tennis courts, and parking.

It says the location could be a good one for a hotel and conference center due to its proximity and access to Oakland International Airport; its “quiet, retreat-like setting”; its safety; and proximity to the Oakland Coliseum, the Chuck Corica Golf Complex and wineries, educational and cultural institutions across Alameda County.

The letter says the project would provide “significant” hotel occupancy and sales tax income but doesn’t offer numbers.

Harbor Bay Isle Associates proposed building homes on the club site and building a new club on North Loop Road in April, and the city is in the midst of studying the potential impacts of the proposals.

The proposals have faced stiff opposition from Harbor Bay Isle residents who don’t want the club to move and who fear the homes would generate more traffic and be more hazardous to students at nearby Amelia Earhart Elementary School than the club. Harbor Bay Isle president C. Timothy Hoppen said the company is assembling responses to the concerns.

Harbor Bay has looked for places to build the homes for more than a decade, with the city rejecting formal proposals to build on North Loop Road and on a portion of the golf complex.

The existing club includes a two-story clubhouse with food service and a bar, a swimming pool and tennis courts. The developer plans to build a new, two-story club building; a trio of pools and a children’s water play area; eight tennis courts; a basketball court and turf field; and outdoor café and picnic areas. The plans also show a future office building across the parking lot from the club.

Ground on the 917-acre Harbor Bay development was first broken in 1978. The Bay Farm Island development now includes a business park and nearly 3,000 homes.

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Comments

Submitted by Tom Schweich (not verified) on Fri, Dec 13, 2013

Maybe, if we just hang tight, next week, they'll propose putting the Harbor Bay Club on that site.

Submitted by marilyn pomeroy (not verified) on Fri, Dec 13, 2013

Why don't they just build the hotel and conference center out in the business park where they want to move the club. Sounds like a no brainer to me. Closer to the airport, more in keeping with the business park as opposed to putting it in the middle of a residential district.

Submitted by marian on Fri, Dec 13, 2013

C. Timothy wants to put WHAT WHERE? This project, and the traffic demand it brings, belongs ONLY at the end of a great big road, like Harbor Bay Parkway. C. Timothy Hoppen... as Herb Caen used to say: "Never trust a man who parts his name on the side..."

Submitted by HarborBayResident (not verified) on Thu, Dec 19, 2013

Here's a theory... they're floating the idea of a hotel/conference center there so the neighbors will find the housing development more palatable in comparison. How about they tear down the club and turn it into open space and let everybody in Alameda enjoy it. Maybe some picnic areas, a play structure, some fitness equipment like they have at Lincoln Park..

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