Planning Board to consider design of proposed subdivision

Planning Board to consider design of proposed subdivision

Michele Ellson
Marina Cove II

Proposed design of two-story homes at the planned Marina Cove II development. Image courtesy of the City of Alameda.

The Planning Board is set to consider design plans for 52 new homes and 37 condominiums to be built where a warehouse once stood along Buena Vista Avenue.

The board will discuss the design of the planned Marina Cove II subdivision at 1551 Buena Vista Avenue tonight.

Homebuilder Lennar, which reportedly purchased the 7.14-acre property from Trident Partners for $17 million in October, wants to build 10 three-story waterfront homes, 42 two-story homes and six, three-story condominium buildings.

The two- to four-bedroom condominiums would sit next to the former Del Monte Warehouse, which borders the site, while the two-bedroom homes would be arranged next to the Marina Cove I development and would be constructed in the same Spanish style as those homes. The single-family homes would have between three and five bedrooms, and an option for a ground-level bedroom suite would be available.

The building heights would range from 27 feet tall for two-story homes to 36 feet for three-story homes and up to 45 feet for the condominium complexes.

Approvals needed to build the homes were obtained by Trident in 2012 and 2013, and Lennar has already torn down the former Chipman Relocation and Storage warehouse that once occupied the site. In 2012, city leaders opted to make the site one of 10 that is exempt from Measure A, which prohibits apartments and other multifamily development.

The development would include two new streets connecting Buena Vista Avenue with Clement Avenue. Clement Avenue and Stanton Street would be extended. A pedestrian and bicycle connection is also proposed, at a cul-de-sac between Entrance Road and Stanton Street.

The development would include 10 condominiums and six single-family homes for lower-income residents. A plan for managing traffic the development would create is also required.

City staff is recommending approval of the project design.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, and it will be televised and webcast live on the city’s website.