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Affordable housing planned for former city parking lot

Submitted by on 1, January 11, 2011 – 12:02 amOne Comment

The city is moving forward with plans to build a 19-unit complex for low-income developmentally disabled people on a formerly city-owned parking lot.

The city’s Housing Authority plans to work with Housing Consortium of the East Bay and Satellite Housing, two local, nonprofit housing developers, to develop the half-acre site at 2216 Lincoln Avenue. The plans are to build 16 single-bedroom and three two-bedroom units that would serve very low-income developmentally disabled adults who can live on their own with support services that would be provided on site.

The housing would be exempt from Measure A, which prohibits multifamily housing, because it would be built in accordance with a 1990 lawsuit settlement agreement that permits the construction of 325 units of affordable housing on the Island.

The city has expedited processing for the project in order to meet funding deadlines. The project is to be paid for with a combination of state, federal and city redevelopment funds. On January 18, city staff expects to ask the city’s Community Improvement Commission – the City Council sitting as one of its redevelopment bodies – for $1.4 million to help finance the project.

Neither a timeline nor a total cost for the project were discussed.

“I think this is just an outstanding project,” Planning Board member Patrick Lynch said Monday, as the board considered – and later unanimously approved – a major design review for the project.

Lynch said the city got a letter or two from residents listing concerns with parking at the new complex, but he said projects like this typically don’t need much.

Supporters offered their praise for the project to the Planning Board on Monday and urged them to move it along. They said more than 750 developmentally disabled people live in Alameda, but housing designed specifically for them is scarce.

Richard Albert said the project would be a perfect fit for his daughter. Housing opportunities for developmentally disabled people are scarce, and he’s wondering where his daughter, who lives with him now, will go when he’s no longer around.

“When I heard about this project – it’s my fantasy,” Albert said.

One Comment »

  • Lauren Do says:

    Thanks for this write up Michele. The public comment at the Planning Board meeting was especially powerful and if anyone has an inkling about being against this particular project, the public comment should be required viewing. It really is a worthy project.

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