Developer Returns with Clement Plans

Photo by Dennis Evanosky A cyclist passes 2100 Clement Ave. the site of a new development project in town.

Last February, Southern California developer City Ventures approached the city about developing the 2.78-acre property bounded by Clement Avenue on the north, Eagle Avenue on the south, Willow Street on the west and a line drawn to the Alameda Unified School District’s warehouse on Clement from the dead end of Mulberry Street on the east. The site, which does not include the AUSD building, currently houses structures that trace their roots to Pacific Bridge Company’s World War II ship and barge-building operations (See related story this week: Buildings Once Part of Active Shipyard)

According to its plans for "2100 Clement," City Ventures hopes to build homes for 58 families. These include 46 attached single-family homes — each between 1,500 and 1,900-square-feet in size — in nine three-story buildings: four along the 2100 block Eagle Avenue and five more within the complex. The developer’s plans show each of these homes with a front yard and balcony.

In addition the developer told the city that it also hopes to build 12 triplexes — each between 2,100 and 2,800 square feet in size — in four two-story buildings along Willow Street. City Ventures will offer eight units as affordable housing: three for very low-income residents, two for low-income residents and three for moderate-income residents.

A homeowners’ association would manage the 4,300-square-foot park planned for the development. The developer told the city that each home would have an attached two-car garage and that the development would have 21 additional parking spaces for guests.

Vehicles would enter the complex on Eagle Avenue, something the Planning Board criticized at a March 9 workshop it held with City Ventures. Renowned Alameda builder Joseph A. Leonard, famous for Alameda’s Leonardville, built four of the homes in the 2100 block of Eagle. According to shipbuilding historian Tim Colton, Pacific Bridge Company either tore down or relocated homes when it built its operations. These homes likely stood on Eagle Avenue and could have been ones built by Leonard.

The Planning Board was scheduled to consider the project at last Monday’s meeting but city staff requested a continuance until the board’s next meeting on Monday, April 27. The Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.

In other meeting news, the city’s Transportation Commission is set to consider Harbor Bay Ferry parking recommendations at its Wednesday, April 22, meeting. The Public Works Department has updated the final recommendations to alleviate parking concerns related to the Harbor Bay Ferry.


Clement Avenue at Willow Street
Eagle Avenue between Willow and Mulberry streets

These include adding 46 unrestricted parking spaces on the bayside of Harbor Bay Parkway; removing the left-turn lane for northbound Harbor Bay Parkway at Adelphian Way, so motorists can make proper U-turns and continuing to review spillover parking and provide additional improvements, if needed.

The commission meets at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Ave.

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