St. John's Episcopal Church - Parking and New Sanctuary Improvements

4 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Oakland, City of (City of Oakland)
Document Title
St. John's Episcopal Church - Parking and New Sanctuary Improvements
Document Type
EIR - Draft EIR

Document Description
Phase I of the project includes demolishing the house at 5928 Thornhill Road, abandoning a portion of the shared access road with the home at 5940 Thornhill Road, and constructing a new access bridge over Temescal Creek. Primary ingress and egress would be via a new lane leading from the new bridge to an auto circle, which would allow pick-up and drop-off activities as well as provide improved fire truck access to the sanctuary. Perpendicular parking spaces would be provided along the new lane, as well as a separate pedestrian path, which would run parallel to the new lane. Existing parking areas near the sanctuary would be retained, and the existing parking along the upper parking would be retained and resurfaced. The Alhambra Lane driveway would be retained to allow egress for people parking in this area. The project proposes 41 parking spaces. Phase I also includes the removal of 2,300 square feet of asphalt parking lot abutting the eastern side of the existing sanctuary building and abandonment and removal of paving at the current, steep Gouldin Road entry. This area would be landscaped under Phase 2. In total, the project proposes the removal of 65 trees, 56 of which fall under the City of Oakland tree preservation ordinance. All trees proposed for removal be replaced with native species. Phase 2: Construction of new 5,500 square-foot sanctuary Phase II would involve construction of a new sanctuary building between 5,000 and 5,500 square feet and one story tall at the location of the current Gouldin Road entrance to the church. Conceptual plans for the new sanctuary call for a 33-foot-high structure and a cupola with a bell. The new sanctuary would be constructed of wood, stucco and a composition roof material to match the style and materials of the existing sanctuary building. As part of this phase, the patio between the existing building and the new sanctuary would be renovated and expanded. Upon completion of the new sanctuary building, the existing building would be converted into a community hall, fellowship space.

Contact Information
Caesar Quitevis
City of Oakland, CEDA Planning & Zoning
250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612



Cross Streets
Thornhill Drive and Gouldin Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
048F-7390-004-09, 001-01, 003-03, 013-00, 001-018
State Highways
Hwy 13
Thornhill Elementary (5858 Thornhill Dr.)
Temescal Creek

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (Community civic: Church Expansion Total acres: 3.13)
Local Action
Subdivision Use Permit Site Plan Master Plan
Project Issues
Other Issues Water Quality Vegetation Traffic/Circulation Biological Resources Other Issues: Mandatory Findings of Significance
Reviewing Agencies
Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 2 California Department of Parks and Recreation California Highway Patrol Caltrans, District 4 Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 3 Department of Toxic Substances Control Department of Water Resources Native American Heritage Commission Resources Agency
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