On April 18, 2007, Eden Housing held the second of two community meetings at McKinley Elementary School. Eden Housing has proposed a senior housing development for 2121 E. 14th Street, an empty lot at the southwest corner of Estabrook Street and E. 14th Street where Sir Richards Car Store Outlet was previously located.
Andrea Cohen, the Project Developer, and Marian Gushiken, the Associate Director of Development represented Eden Housing and Paul McElwee and Rich Caldwell represented HKIT Architects, the architects of the proposed development. Hank Deadrich, a local realtor and member of the Eden Housing Board of Directors was present at the meeting. The City of San Leandro was represented by four people. There were about five members of the public. City Councilmembers Michael Gregory and Surlene Grant joined the meeting after it started.
Eden Housing is a developer of affordable housing and has three other projects in San Leandro. The project at Estabrook Street will consist of affordable housing for seniors. Funding is expected to come from a HUD Section 202 Grant, funds from the City of San Leandro, and low income tax credits. The City of San Leandro is listed as one of the contributors to Eden Housing on its web site at http://www.edenhousing.org/edenhousing.asp?page=69&thisparent=98.
The proposed development consists of 50 one-bedroom apartments and a two-bedroom manager unit. The apartments will be three stories tall with parking provided on the south side of the property and the entrance on East 14th Street.
This is a rendering of the proposed project:
Parking and traffic were the main issues raised during a previous community meeting. As a result, Eden Housing conducted a traffic and parking study and decided on a 51-unit project rather than an alternative 83-unit project.
The traffic study concluded that the project would add 12 vehicle trips per day to Estabrook Street, which has an average of 2,150 vehicle trips per day and 60 vehicle trips per day to E. 14th Street, which has an average of 13,300 vehicle trips per day.
The parking study was conducted at a similar senior housing complex in San Leandro during the morning, afternoon, and evening on a weekday and Saturday. The study recommended that the facility provide a total of 20 parking spaces and the proposed project would provide 28 spaces. However, the City of San Leandro requires 34 parking spaces for this project and the project will need a Parking Exception in order to proceed with the current proposal. This is one of the issues that will be discussed at the May 3, 2007, meeting of the Board of Zoning Adjustments (BZA), which will take place at 7pm at the City Council Chambers at 835 E. 14th Street.
The remainder of the proposed schedule for the project includes an application to HUD in May 2007, Zoning Board hearing in June 2007, City Council hearing in July 2007, start of construction in Fall 2008, and completion of construction in late fall 2009.
According to a notice from the City of San Leandro for the BZA meeting, "Work session on a proposed residential development for a 51-unit affordable senior housing project at 2121 East 14th Street, at the corner of Estabrook and East 14th Streets. The project is comprised of 50 one-bedroom units, one two-bedroom manager's unit, and common areas such as a community room, offices, library and a landscaped open courtyard. Parking is provided in 28 surface parking stalls. The site is zoned SA-2, South Area 2 Zoning District. The applicant would be seeking a Parking Exception, as 28 spaces are provided where 34 are required for this Senior Housing Project; and a Site Plan Review for the design of the site and structures. Assessor's Parcel Numbers 77-556-53, -54, and a portion of 77-556-57-3; 2103-2179 East 14th Street; Eden Housing, Inc. (applicant) and (property owner)."
In a March 13, 2007, staff report to City Manager John Jermanis, Community Development Director Hansom Hon wrote: "Eden entered into a purchase agreement with the seller in late October 2006. Currently, Eden has submitted preliminary plans to the City’s Planning Division for review involving two potential development options for the site: 1) three-story building with 51 one-bedroom units, and 2) four-story building with 83 one- bedroom units. Eden anticipates requesting acquisition and development funding assistance approval from the City Council prior to closing escrow in late July 2007.
During the February Business and Housing Development Committee meeting, the Committee supported allocating $30,000 in predevelopment assistance from the City Redevelopment Agency Housing Set-Aside funds to help cover over $120,000 in preliminary costs such as architecture, finance/appraisal, land acquisition deposit, and environmental work during the escrow period."
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