Summary of Application
The proposed housing development includes the construction of a four-story podium-style building with 45 affordable rental apartments, a ground floor parking garage with 65 residential parking spaces and an outdoor courtyard for the residents. The project also includes the replacement of the existing 38 public parking spaces and public restroom facilities on the site. The proposal also reconfigures the existing PSB parking lot to include up to 50 public parking spaces, public restrooms, and electric vehicle charging, and secured parking for police and fire vehicles in the rear of the PSB parking lot. The proposed entry to the residential parking garage will connect to the reconfigured PSB public parking to reduce curb cuts along Hamilton Drive.
Most of the building footprint for the housing development is located on the existing parking lot to minimize the amount of grading. The building design includes a ground floor parking garage with three floors of residential housing above. An outdoor courtyard is located above the podium facing Hamilton Drive. The maximum height of the four-story building at the roof ridge and at the top of elevator and stair enclosure would be approximately 53 feet above natural grade.
Approximately 45 trees would be removed in order to construct the proposed project, including several trees on the PSB site. The project will be required to obtain a tree removal permit and comply with all applicable tree replacement and landscaping requirements.
The City’s General Plan land use designation for the housing site is currently CF (Community Facilities) and the zoning district is O-A (Open Area). The City’s Housing Element Update will change the General Plan designation to MFR 2 (Multi-Family Residential–2). A change to the zoning district (to RM-B, Multi-Family Residential–Bayfront) is also required to implement the project. The Planning Commission and City Council will review the zone change as one of the actions to approve the project. A lease agreement is also be required to build and manage the proposed affordable rental units on the city-owned property.