ALAMEDA -- The affordable housing that will be built at Alameda Landing near the Webster and Posey tubes will be rentals and a mix of single-story and two-story townhouses under a plan that city officials are considering.

The city's Housing Authority is partnering with the nonprofit Resources for Community Development to build the 32 units on just less than an acre at Stargell Avenue and Bette Street. The same nonprofit was behind Park Alameda on Central Avenue, Breakers at Bayport and the Shinsei Gardens Apartments, which borders the current project.

The development will have five one-bedroom, 16 two-bedroom and 11 three-bedroom units that will range from about 585 to 1,165 square feet. They will be within five buildings that will enclose an outdoor courtyard with a children's play area, dining tables and outdoor grill.

Thirty-five parking spaces will be on the site, as well as bicycle racks and lockers, plus a 1,434-square-foot community building with management offices, laundry facilities and a common room.

The Planning Board approved the design on July 28, when it also asked for minor changes, including adjusting the roof design and possibly changing the construction material that will be used to accent some buildings.

"It's a really strong, bold start," board President David Burton said. "It just needs these little bits that will make the project go over the top."

Along with the parking for tenants on the property, an additional 15 spaces will be available for visitors on a lot west of Bette Street behind Shinsei Gardens. Board member John Knox White noted the spots are near bedrooms at the complex and questioned whether the lot could be used as open space instead of parking.


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"I think we really need to be thoughtful and careful with going forward with that," Knox White said.

But Christina Mun of Resources for Community Development said the amount of parking was based on the number of housing units. The number of spaces also reflects what is available at the adjacent Shinsei Gardens, city officials said.

"It would be great to have more green space, but I think this (housing project) would benefit from having that parking on the off side," Mun said.

The units fall under the 284 homes that will be built at Alameda Landing, the mixed-use project on 72 acres near College of Alameda which includes the shopping center where Target opened in October. Catellus Development Corp. is the master developer.

The John Stewart Company, a private company, will help manage the rental units, which will be aimed at very low and low-income households. Rents at the complex are expected to be comparable with what tenants pay at Shinsei Gardens, where the amount is 30 percent of a family's monthly adjusted income.

A construction timeline was not immediately available.

"With Alameda facing a shortage of rentals, I hope we see more of these rental developments in Alameda," resident Karen Bey told the Planning Board. "I just think that it's really important that we focus on creating or developing more rentals in Alameda, and this is a great start."

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