Councilmember Tony Daysog called for the hearing at the behest of “several residents” who object to the appearance of the proposed development.
Opponents have been writing letters-to-editor in local newspapers, and spoke out against the project at the planning board meeting in late October; former Councilmember Doug deHaan told the board the project, “would fit well at Alameda Point,” but questioned the appropriateness of the design for the approach to the Park Street business area.
But Park Street and nearby businesses have rallied in support of the project, which they see has filling a void, submitting numerous letters of support to City Council in advance of tonight’s meeting.
Donna Layburn, president of the Park Street Board of Directors, wrote, “The size of the lot, approximately 7,000 sq. ft. doesn’t lend itself to larger, more conventional, architectural approaches.”
City staff are recommending that council uphold the planning board’s prior approval of the project.