Development Alert: New Boatworks plan released

Development Alert: New Boatworks plan released

Bill Chapin

Image from the Bay Conservation and Development Commission website.

The developer behind one of the most prominent, most litigated projects in Alameda has restarted the permit application process. Some key details have changed since his last push, according to newly available documents.

The latest on the Boatworks development: It has been more than two years since developer Frances Collins began demolishing the remains of the Dow Pumping Engine Company at the corner of Oak and Clement streets to make way for his proposed Boatworks housing development, following years of negotiations and legal wrangling with the city. Since then, Collins and his partners have been working with various agencies that have jurisdiction over the project, such as the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and conducting a Superfund cleanup that removed contaminated debris and bolstered the shoreline. New documents submitted in December to the commission’s Design Review Board reveal Collins’ updated plans for the 9.5-acre site, including housing details and elements of a small waterfront park.

Just one block west of Park Street, the site has long been a prime candidate for new housing. In 2011, the City Council approved a tentative parcel map subdividing the property into 182 housing units. The new plans maintain the same number of homes, but eliminates the single-family lots and the 29-unit apartment building that were part of the previous compromise. Instead, the new plans divide the project into two phases. The first features 134 townhouse units, arranged in groups of six, nine and 10 homes. The second phase calls for an additional 48 units, most of which are duplexes, along the property’s western edge. The units have two to four bedrooms each and are all two or three stories tall, up to 38 feet.

About 1.3 acres of land along the estuary has been designated as public space. Addressing one of the conditions imposed by the City Council, the plans call for public walkways along Oak Street and a new street dividing Phases A and B that would provide access to the waterfront. Drawings of the park show a 10-foot-wide bike path that would connect existing and planned portions of the San Francisco Bay Trail, as well as a tot lot, plazas and grassy areas, barbecue pits, benches, historic displays, native-plant landscaping and a small parking lot. A concrete pier would be reinforced and turned into an outlook with seating.

The commission’s Design Review Board, an advisory group that evaluates projects within 100 feet of the shoreline, considered the updated plans at its January 5 meeting and gave feedback to the developer.

What’s next: After considering the board’s recommendations, the developer will need to submit a permit application that will go before the full commission for approval. The project will also require a new subdivision map and design review from the city. Alameda City Planner Andrew Thomas said the city has received preliminary drawings but is waiting on a complete application before evaluating the project and scheduling public hearings.

More information: The new design documents and a staff summary are available on the commission’s website; The Alamedan’s coverage of the project can be found here.

Alameda Point update: The City Council is set to get its first look at Alameda Point Partners’ initial development concept for a 68-acre waterfront parcel known as Site A, where the city wants to see 800 new homes and 200,000 square feet of commercial space. The developer has released an initial concept document that shows the acreage split into three distinct districts and offers general information about development phasing and transit corridors.

What’s next: The council will receive a rundown on the concept at its January 20 meeting, and the Planning Board will take a look the following Monday, January 26. The plan will be shaped at public and community meetings to be held over the next several months, with council consideration of a final plan scheduled for May.

More information: A city staff report and exhibits, including the initial development concept and hearing schedule, are available on the city’s website. The Alamedan’s full Alameda Point coverage is available here.


Submitted by Ski (not verified) on Mon, Jan 12, 2015

Are there any other townhome developments in Alameda? This proposal seems extremely dense compared to any other recent development on the island.