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SunCal outlines denser development plan

Submitted by on 1, April 15, 2010 – 4:50 amNo Comment

Officials from SunCal said this week they will likely seek to exercise a legal option that could allow them to build up to an extra 1,100 housing units at Alameda Point in exchange for affordable housing. If approved, the extra homes would increase the total number at the Point to 4,845 – the same amount envisioned under SunCal’s non-Measure A compliant plan.

“Although SunCal is not obligated to seek a density bonus in connection with the project and the Base Project stands on its own, it is likely that in the future a density bonus will be requested in connection with the development of the project,” SunCal’s land use counsel, Amy E. Freilich, wrote in a letter to Deputy City Manager Jennifer Ott dated Tuesday.

SunCal’s Measure A-compliant plan calls for 3,712 homes and townhomes at the Point, a quarter of which would be affordable to lower-income residents (the number includes affordable units that already exist at the Alameda Point Collaborative and additional units in existing buildings). Using the density bonus, they would seek to increase the number of housing units up to 4,845. The letter did not say if SunCal would seek to use the density bonus to build non-Measure A compliant housing.

The developer offered the information because the so-called “density bonus option” will need to be analyzed for its potential environmental impacts long with its recently submitted Measure A-compliant plan, or “base” plan.

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