Monday, May 18, 2015

AGENDA NOTES: San Leandro to discuss major projects at the Marina, BayFair

The Marina Shoreline development would 
transform one of the city's most underused assets.
San Leandro City Council Preview
835 East 14th Street
Monday, May 18, 2015, 7 p.m.
Twitter hashtag: #slmtg

MARINA SHORELINE PROJECT It's the San Leandro development project that has long been discussed, proposed placed on a shelf, and brought back to life again. The San Leandro Marina Shoreline project may also be the most dynamic plan in fast-improving San Leandro and one that resuscitates a vastly underused community asset currently comprised of two moribund restaurants, vast greenery, a dog park and a golf courses.

The informational report given to the council Monday night highlights the work of the Shoreline citizens advisory committee and 65 public meetings over the past few years. Under its current iteration, the revamped Marina would include a 150,000 sq. ft. office campus, 200-room hotel and convention center, parking structure, three new restaurants and 354 housing units, according to a staff report. A library meeting space is also included in the plan, along with beach and recreation amenities and two miles of public promenade.

The plan also entails eliminating the current restaurants, Mulford Branch Library, San Leandro Yacht Club building, and reconfiguration of five holes at the Marina's short course to accommodate housing. The Marina Inn, however, will remain under this proposal.

BAYFAIR T.O.D. BEGINS The city begins the long process toward a transit-oriented development at BayFair Center with a $500,000 consulting contract with Rami + Associates. The Bay Fair Transit Village development already attracted $440,000 in planning grants from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission last spring. In addition to the grant, the current $500,000 budget for the project's early stages includes $30,000 from the city and $15,000 apiece from BART and Madison Marquette, owner of Bay Fair Mall. As far as committee outreach over the project is concerned, a 21-member citizen advisory committee is also due to be formed by the City Council, along with a pair of meetings detailing the plan. If all goes as planned, the project could be fully approved by the City Council in April 2017, according to the staff report.

THIS & THAT Finance Director Frank Baum will present the City Council with its biennial budget for Fiscal Years 2015-2017...Arleen Carino will be nominated as District 5 representative to the Human Services Commission...A resolution is on consent supporting San Leandro Creek as a "Priority Conservation Area Designation."

LAST TIME OUT May 4, the council unanimously approved raising some fees such as its Business License Tax, 911 Tax and EMS Tax based on the Consumer Price Index. The council also agreed to schedule consideration for sending the Eden Township Healthcare District a letter urging it to contribute its subsidy to San Leandro Hospital. >>>WATCH IT HERE>>>Next council meeting: Monday, June 1, 7 p.m.

ALMANAC Mayor Pauline Russo Cutter (first term, ends 2018); Councilmember Deborah Cox (first term, ends 2018); Councilmember Ursula Reed (second term, ends 2016); Councilmember Lee Thomas (first term, ends 2018); Councilmember Benny Lee, first term, ends 2016); Councilmember Corina Lopez (first term, ends 2018); Vice Mayor/Councilmember Jim Prola, District 6 (second term, ends 2016).


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