At Tuesday’s night’s City Council meeting, Alameda City Council approved a tentative parcel map for a 9.48 acre, 182 residential unit project at the corner of Clement Street and Oak Street, commonly referred to as the “boatworks project.”
The City Council approval comes on the heels of last week’s Alameda Planning Board approval of the same parcel map plan, which nudged it over to City Council.
The approval was conditioned on requirements, as suggested by Councilmember Beverly Johnson, that the developer take steps to ensure that the public can easily see, at the street entrance to the new development, that they have a right to access a 2 acre park along the Alameda estuary, and which is attached to the project, and that project residents don’t overwhelm planned public street parking, intended to give the public access to the park, with private vehicles.
“We’re hoping that it’s going to work with the parking and we’re going to do our best to make sure that those 42 parking spaces that are on the street are kept open for the rest of the community to come and enjoy the park,” said Andrew Thomas, Planning Services Manager.
Additionally, Mr. Thomas and Alameda City Councilmembers acknowledged that Francis Collins plans to sell the development to an as-yet named homebuilder once full entitlements to build the project are secured. Thomas conceded that the City of Alameda has few mechanisms to ensure that any buyer would develop the project as ultimately approved and finalized by the various City bodies in a timely fashion.