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Monday, April 9, 2012

San Leandro Housing Development Meets The New Realities Of The Post-RDA Era

SAN LEANDRO
April 9, 2012 | A poor economy coupled with the end of redevelopment agencies has transformed a once-hyped downtown housing strategy in San Leandro into an opportunity for a local tech company to expand its footprint beside the San Leandro BART station.

The San Leandro City Council, in a work session Monday night, will hear proposed changes to the San Leandro Crossings project, once hailed in good economic times as a centerpiece in its transit-oriented development push linking the BART station to East 14 Street. The project was put on hold in 2010 when a key part of the developers' consortium dropped out of the project citing the poor economy. The loss of tax credits from the state and insuffienct guarantees the development would be built also put the entire plan in limbo.

The vastly scaled down plan to be presented by the community development office will replace a large chunk of the currently undeveloped land west of the BART tracks with a 100,000 sq. ft. expansion of the nearby OSIsoft building on Davis Street. Included will be additional parking lots in the foot print of what was originally over 200 affordable housing units.

Former Crossings plan featuring
additional housing west of BART.
The inclusion of OSIsoft, which also partnered recently with the city in financing a fiber-optics loop around the downtown, has been known since last fall. Luke Sims, the director of community development, told the council in October that changes to the Crossing project were imminent. "The project is stalled, but I wouldn't say it is dead," he said. "We will go forward, albeit, perhaps in a little bit different way."

True to those words, the proposal tonight will highlight a switch in developers for the portion of the project known as "The Cornerstone" on the east side of the San Leandro BART station. The developer Bridge Housing will take over the proposed 200 units set aside for very low and low income families from the developer Westlake. No changes to that portion of the new plan differs from the old concept, according to the staff report.

The changes may be one of the most discernible new realities of life without redevelopment dollars where public/private partnerships reign and difficult compromises are needed to keep state and federal tax subsidies flowing. The revamped Crossings projects appears to hold true to both of those new ideals. It bolsters the city's relationship with OSIsoft while continuing to angle for affordable housing credits. Unfortunately, it also edges out a third component of the original vision--market-rate homes and the city's quickly deteriorating objective for fostering walkable, downtown living in the future.

The stretch of land potentially destined to become part of the OSIsoft campus and additional parking lots, under the old plan was to featured over 100 low income housing units along with a four-story parking garage. The project, formerly known as "The Alameda," is deemed by the staff report as "no longer viable." Much of The Alameda plan will be moved to eastern Cornerstone plot and significantly transforming the original concept of the downtown experience.

13 comments :

Oh great, the low income apartments will continue to be built.

Must be a bitter Hayashi/Lockyer/entrenched Dem supporter that doesn't like when Tavares holds up a mirror for you to see how your blanket support of your party leaders allows them to make a mockery of the very values you claim to espose

What in gods name are you talking about?.......

Low income apartments built to revitilize the historic downtown San Leandro? To bring good business?

Not the right place for a project.

United States law requires that cities provide a mix of housing markets. It would make no sense to place lower-income housing away from downtown's public transit and shopping options. I live downtown, and I am certain that it will remain safe and enjoyable even after this development. The person who equates a family with low income with low character has been made a fool.

Let's face it, Tea Partiers: if you want to smash Unions and give business owners the right to cut work staff to the bone and pay the rest extremely poorly, you have to provide them low-cost places to live and convenient places to transport to work and shopping unless you want even more homeless workers.

I will leave these comments up here and tell a story...

These are the postings of 18th Assembly District candidate Joel Young. He emailed the exact words to the East Bay Express a few months ago in an effort to quiet down my string of stories about him and his campaign. In addition, he attempted to get me "fired" from the publication.

The mere act is a shockingly childish and disconcerting move by a candidate running for higher office. It is also a typical move by Young, whose candidacies has been highlighted by attempts to intimidate those around him.

Apparently this is another highly undisciplined move by Young and now a newsworthy event.

Proud, if you're so "Proud" then why don't you live amongst your social element off of 98th Avenue or 105th? Maybe Sobrante Park will make you feel both "proud" and safe".

Sobrante park is he'll on earth. The police are scared to go in there.

Anonymous 5:38 appears completely, absolutely unwilling to address the issues which were brought up in my earlier post. If public and private sector workers are lucky to have a job and should have no job security, and if Unions should get out of the way so employers can pay as poorly as they want, what will we do about their housing? How do you expect your local business to stay open if a majority of the town has no extra money to spend?

Anonymous 5:38 appears completely, absolutely unwilling to address the issues which were brought up in my earlier post. If public and private sector workers are lucky to have a job and should have no job security, and if Unions should get out of the way so employers can pay as poorly as they want, what will we do about their housing? How do you expect your local business to stay open if a majority of the town has no extra money to spend?

Hey Proud Idiot, the market will take care of everything you moron. If a landlord prices his property too high it will sit vacant. Eventually he'll lower the rate to deal with the market.

Yes, the magic invisible hand of the free market...boy, you haven't read a newspaper since 2007, have you?

i tell you "Proud", there is enough low income housing around BayFair or East/West oakland. No need to force one to dwntown SL. There are plenty of apt building("police frequently make visits") around the city which is affordable for low incomers.
Let the free market force does it work. handing out foodcoupons, section8, discount housing dont help these majority fcukups but making it worse. If they have to sleep on the streets so be it, go hungry so be it, since some are fat fcuks. Low income housing people are either milking the system or generations of in/out jails couldnt even hold a job for 6months. so blame the corp and tax payers? SOcialism is what bring the iron curtain dwn, USSR / Communism disfuctional.

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