Development Alert: Harbor Bay hotel

Development Alert: Harbor Bay hotel

Michele Ellson
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Rendering of a planned Harbor Bay hotel. Image courtesy of the City of Alameda.

Welcome to Development Alerts, our new tool for keeping you in the loop on what’s developing in Alameda. Here’s the latest.

Harbor Bay hotel: Balaji Alameda LLC wants to build a four-story, 72-room extended stay-style hotel on a 0.93 acre parcel at 1700 Harbor Bay Parkway. If approved, the new hotel would accompany a three-story, 105 room Hampton Inn that was approved for an adjacent property in 2006. The 52,000-square-foot Home2 Suites hotel would have a ground floor bar and restaurant. But its developers are also asking for permission to provide 110 fewer parking spaces than would typically be required, saying they don’t need it because the hotel would offer a free shuttle to and from nearby Oakland International Airport, is close to offices where people staying there may be headed and would also require complementary bicycles. Planners said the hotel would also create additional traffic that would impact the already overburdened intersection of Harbor Bay Parkway and North Loop/South Loop Road; they are recommending the Planning Board require the developer to provide money for signal improvements there.

What’s next: The Planning Board is set to consider approval of a final development plan and design review of the proposed hotel at its meeting this coming Monday, August 25; the board will also consider recommending that the City Council allow the developer to subdivide property to build the hotel.

More information: A staff report and additional materials can be found on the city’s website.

Zoning rule changes: Also on Monday, the Planning Board will consider changes to the city’s zoning rules that would permit pinball and video game arcades to operate coin-operated machines, which are now banned; allow ground floor offices on Santa Clara Avenue between Park Street and Broadway; and permit workers to share housing that only families are permitted to share under current rules.

What’s next: On Monday, the Planning Board will consider recommending the City Council approve the changes.

More information: A staff report and additional materials can be found on the city’s website.

AC Transit Line 51A upgrades: This month, AC Transit was set to begin construction on a list of upgrades that include a bus-only lane headed northbound from Atlantic Avenue to Wilver “Willie” Stargell Avenue; bus bulbs on Webster Street at Atlantic Avenue and Buena Vista Avenue; signal modifications on Webster Street at Santa Clara Avenue; elimination of a stop at Broadway and Clement Avenue; improvements at and relocation of a list of stops on Line 51; and coordination of traffic signals on Webster Street and Broadway. Construction will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays through January 2015, and it’s expected to create minor traffic delays and temporarily take parking spaces out of circulation. Bus stop access will be maintained throughout the course of the project.

More information: More information is available on the city’s website.

Street safety upgrades: The city is working on a series of street upgrades intended to bolster safety around Maya Lin School. Recommendations that are moving forward include “stop bars,” crosswalk hatching, white lines marking off parking and repainting of red curbs at locations surrounding the school; requests to the Alameda Police Department to boost traffic enforcement and to collect speed data; and solicitation of grants to facilitate bicycle education and giveaways at the school. The city has also decided to deny a request for a four-way stop at Santa Clara Avenue and Ninth Street, though that decision is appealable. City staffers are also seeking comments on a proposal to remove a parking space and adopt vehicle height limits for others at the intersection of Eighth Street and Taylor Avenue.

What’s next: The improvements that have already been approved are moving forward; appeals for the stop sign denial are due by 6 p.m. September 1 to the city’s public works department, and comments on the parking changes are due by 6 p.m. September 2 to the public works department. Any appeals lodged will be heard by the Transportation Commission.

More information: Additional information is available on the city’s website.

Permits: Google facility Google is in the process of constructing a 15,000 square foot manufacturing/assembly room at 1190 West Tower Avenue on Alameda Point.

UPDATES: The proposed Del Monte development could be before the Planning Board for a final recommendation to the City Council in October, and to the council for approvals in November … Marina Cove II (aka Marina Shores), an 89-home development to be built on the site of an old Chipman Moving & Storage warehouse, is expected to go through its final design review approval at the Planning Board’s September 8 meeting … a proposal to building housing and shops at 1835 Oak Street, where an old glass factory now sits, is set to head to the Historical Advisory Board for a certificate of approval on September 4. From there, project proponents need design approval from the Planning Board – which could see it as soon as September 22 – and rezoning approval from the City Council.

Comments

Submitted by luczai (not verified) on Thu, Aug 21, 2014

Ewww. It looks like a hospital built in 1970s.

Submitted by C. (not verified) on Fri, Aug 22, 2014

Can the Alamedan find out if the rumors that there is a plan to eventually open up the foot of Island Drive (at Catalina) to the business park are true? If this is something being considered for the future I think residents (who already face gridlock on Island Drive at certain times of the day) should be made aware of this.

Submitted by Michele Ellson on Fri, Aug 22, 2014

Hey C.: I will check it out. City Hall is closed today but I'll look into it next week.

Submitted by John Boyle (not verified) on Sat, Aug 23, 2014

I would be ecstatic if it were even open just for bikes and pedestrians!