ALAMEDA -- The completion of Marina Cove, the housing development that was started more than a decade ago on Buena Vista Avenue, moved a little closer Wednesday, when the City Council approved a tentative subdivision map for an additional 89 residences.
The 52 single-family homes and 37 condominiums will be built near the Fortman Marina and the historic Del Monte Warehouse in what officials say will be the city's first multiunit, privately funded housing development in approximately 20 years.
"This is a triumph for us," City Manager John Russo said.
The vacant Chipman warehouse currently occupies the site at 1551 Buena Vista Ave., which also features a paved area for parking and truck deliveries.
"I'm so excited I don't know what to say," said lifetime West End resident Nick Cabral before the council unanimously approved the tentative map. "I've been looking at trucks for 72 years and I have had enough of trucks."
The proposal from applicant John Shelton of Trident Partners LLC calls for the condominiums to be built on a single lot on the seven-acre site. Six single-family homes will face Buena Vista Avenue.
Trident Partners originally proposed building 69 residences, but city officials asked for an additional 30 units as a way to help meet the city's projected housing needs as outlined in the Housing Element of the General Plan.
The Marina Cove project comes as the East Bay Regional Park District is suing the city over the council's decision to rezone property on McKay Avenue for housing, saying it is not compatible with the recreational needs of the nearby Robert Crown Memorial State Beach.
Known as Neptune Pointe, the four-acre site was one of several rezoned in July to bring the city's housing element into compliance with state law, which city officials say is necessary to be eligible for grants for transportation and other projects.
On Wednesday, former Councilwoman Karin Lucas urged the council to hold off a decision on Marina Cove, saying the city could be vulnerable to additional lawsuits over housing if park officials prevailed.
But Councilman Tony Daysog said Marina Cove has been in the pipeline for more than a decade, and that its mostly single-family homes would reflect the existing neighborhood.
"Let's not let this project get caught in the crossfire of that," Daysog said about the park district lawsuit.
Along with the Del Monte warehouse, the property is bordered by Ohlone Street, Clement Avenue and Entrance Way.
The project calls for two new streets: One street would extend north from Buena Vista Avenue to Clement Avenue and to Marina Cove Waterfront Park -- which was built during the project's first phase -- while Clement would also be extended from Ohlone Street to Entrance Road.
The first phase of Marina Cove was built on about 11 acres and features 83 residences.
Marina Cove could accommodate up to 193 housing units, according to the city's Housing Element, and some public speakers Wednesday said they feared the city would not be able to meet its projected housing needs by not pushing the developer to build more homes.
But Russo said that was unlikely, especially as the city begins designating sites at Alameda Point for housing.
Among the conditions that the Planning Board added in November as part of approving the tentative subdivision map are that Trident Partners provide a traffic analysis for the project in connection with the Webster and Posey tubes before it secures final approval.
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