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Planning Board to Consider Density Bonus Application for Alameda Landing

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A Top Grade Construction crane begins demolition of WWII era buildings in Alameda to prepare the ground for Alameda Landing in July, 2012. (File photo)

At next week’s meeting, the Alameda Planning Board will consider a density bonus application from Catellus and TriPointe Homes to build 275 residential housing units at Alameda Landing.

In September, the Planning Board reviewed a preliminary site plan for the project, located at the former U.S. Navy Fleet Industrial Supply Center (FISC) site.

Now, City of Alameda planning and development staff are recommending that the board approve the development plan and density bonus application that would see 275 housing units built on the site; the master plan for the site envisioned up to 300 homes.

The latest site plan calls for 79 two-story condominiums, 26 single-level flats, 56 townhomes, 91 single-family detached homes and 23 affordable units in an apartment building. The apartment building would be on the southern edge of the property facing Stargell Avenue.

The plan arrives at 275 units by applying a so-called “density bonus” to a base project of 227 units. The density bonus allows for developers to build larger projects in return for including affordable housing units. The project earned a bonus of 51 units because the developer offered to reserve 6 percent of the base 227 units for very-low income households.

The bonus units would take the project size to 278 units, however, the developer is proposing to build only 275.

The density bonus allows builders to side-step local restrictions, commonly referred to as “Measure A,” against multifamily dwellings with more than two units.

The City of Alameda enacted its density bonus ordinance, which lays out guidelines for applying the bonus. The State of California density bonus law that requires local municipalities to enact an ordinance was enacted in 1979.

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