City Council Examines Shelters, Sites

This is a rendering of the Group Delphi temporary housing the city wants to erect to house a portion of the city homeless population
CIty of Alameda

City Council Examines Shelters, Sites

City Council will examine several site locations and structure types for a possible housing community for Alameda’s unhoused population at its July 20 meeting.

City staff has listed five possible site locations, and a multi-site option, for the proposed shelter. Staff is also asking the council to choose from five different housing types ranging from temporary shelters to the construction of new permanent structures.

Four of the five potential locations are owned by the city or the Successor Agency to the Community Improvement Commission (SACIC).

Site 1 is the Alameda Point tennis courts located on Main Street between the Alameda Point main gate and West Midway Avenue. Site 2 is the SACIC-owned bottle parcel at 2350 5th Street, adjacent to the track at the College of Alameda. According to the SACIC’s February 2015 Long Range Property Management Plan, the bottle parcel is approximately 0.82 acres in size. The property was acquired at no cost from the U.S. Navy.

Site 3 is the former Grandview Pavilion at 300 Island Drive adjacent to the Chuck Corica Golf Complex. The commercial property previously held weddings and special events, but is now permanently closed, according to online reports.

There is a park and ride lease in place on this site until Nov. 1, 2021. Site 4 is the Alameda Point campgrounds parking lot located near West Hornet Avenue and Skyhawk Street.

This parking lot is held by the city through the tidelands trust, and therefore, if transitional or supportive housing units are located here, they must be removed in five years, according to the staff report.

Site 5 is the Marina Village Inn, which is the only housing site option that is privately owned. The hotel, located at 1151 Pacific Marina, housed women and children as part of Project Roomkey. Under this program, which Gov. Gavin Newsom announced on April 3, 2020, the state of California gave cities and counties funds to lease hotel and motel rooms for people most vulnerable during the pandemicto help “flatten the curve.”

The housing structure types differ from temporary to permanent. They also differ in price and length of time to be ready for occupancy.

Housing type 1 is a prefabricated temporary shelter. These shelters are 64-square foot transitional housing units that are delivered flat and can be assembled in approximately one hour, according to the staff report. The report calls for 20 possible units costing between $1,157,812 to $1,953,959 with annual operating costs are estimated at $600,000. Operating costs include an onsite full-time manager, a part-time assistant to the manager, 24-hour security and other direct and indirect expenses.

Housing type 2 is a prefabricated Group Delphi temporary shelter. These shelters are 80-square feet and constructed in the Group Delphi (Delphi) manufacturing plant at Alameda Point. These shelters have similar amenities to the pallet shelter. Conceptual estimates range from $1,411,000 to $2,161,000 for 20 units and a yearly operational cost of $600,000.

Housing type 3 is a ground-up new construction of 40 units of permanent studio units. This project would be located at the SACIC bottle parcel. The project estimate is $25,400,000 (approximately $635,000 per unit). Operating costs would be paid from rent. For this project to be feasible, it would need to be funded in part by Project Homekey, which evolved from Project Roomkey, and tax credit equity. Newsom allocated $600 million in Project Homekey grant funds to cities and counties.

Housing type 4 is the Marina Village Inn. The 51-room three-building motel would be converted into permanent supportive housing studios. Some of the rooms would be combined to house families. This project would require extensive renovations to the motel for new roofs on three buildings, dry rot removal and repair. The project is estimated to cost between $12 and $20 million including both acquisition and renovation costs. Operating costs would run approximately $1,530,000 annually, according to staff reports.

Housing type 5 would identify one or more homes in Alameda to purchase for unhoused people. Each home would house five people. This project would cost $1,695,978 for one home to $6,783,913 for four homes with operating cost around $50,000 to $100,000 annually.

Staff is recommending council choose housing type 1 or 2 the units can be constructed most quickly, inexpensively and efficiently.

Contact Ekene Ikeme at eikeme@alamedasun.com