The proposed project involves the demolition of the existing, approximately 4,600 SF, two-story commercial building (built in 1983) and a surface parking lot in conjunction with the construction of a new three-story, 18-unit 18,493 SF density bonus residential housing project with an affordable component. The residential building will be constructed over a 23-space, semi-subterranean parking garage located on a 13,299 SF lot (before dedication) located in the C1 (Neighborhood Commercial) zone).
On January 9, 2020, the Planning Hearing Officer approved with conditions a Conditional Use Permit (Case No. PCUP 1913153) to allow multi-family residential dwellings on the ground floor of the proposed project located in the C1 zone.
On February 14, 2020, the Director of Community Development approved with conditions a Density Bonus Housing Application (Case No. PDBP 1904390) with three affordable units reserved for very-low income households, and findings for three concessions because at least 15% of the base number of units are reserved for very low income households as follows:
1). Increase the maximum allowed floor area ratio (FAR) to 1.4;
2). Increase the maximum height and stories to 42’-3” and three stories; and
3). Reduce required parking – seven space shortfall. The project will require a total of 30 parking spaces by utilizing
the Density Bonus Law automatic parking concession under Government Code 56915(p). The project will provide
23 parking spaces total. The project will result in a parking shortfall of seven (7) spaces.
On July 23, 2020, the Design Review Board approved, with conditions, the design of the proposed multi-family residential development described above (DRB Case No. PDR2004976). Subsequently, the Design Review Board’s decision was appealed to the City Council.
On March 23, 2021, the City Council sustained the Design Review Board decision, and approved the design of the multi-family residential development with one condition based on the above project description (DRB Case No. PDR2004976), presented in the revised plans (Exhibit 4 to the Report to Council dated March 23, 2021), which address the Board’s conditions of approval. and without making any changes to the density or incentives/concessions approved under the February 14, 2020 Density Bonus Application approval decision.