Following years of controversy surrounding the potential redevelopment of a recreational center on Alameda’s Bay Farm Island, a San Francisco-based developer is throwing its hat in the ring for the chance to create housing at the site. According to a recent application filed with the City, Jackson Square Properties intends on developing a 400-unit mixed-use property at the site of the current Bay Harbor Club.
The property is located at 200 Packet Landing and would include a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment units, 60 of which would be designated as affordable housing.
Designs for the project come from architecture firm Dahlin and include the construction of a five-story property with a parking garage for 675 vehicles.
Situated on the site of the current Harbor Bay Club – which has been a part of the community since it was built in 1980 – plans show the development team intends on redeveloping the site to include an updated fitness and recreation center. The application submitted to the City show the proposed recreation facility would be larger than the existing site at 25,000 square feet and include a mix of spaces.
In total, the proposed facility would include a 14,400 square-foot outdoor recreation space consisting of two tennis courts. It would also include 10,000 square feet of outdoor recreational aquatic use with a community pool in and a 10,000 square-foot fitness floor, complete with group exercise studios, locker rooms and a sauna.
Jackson Square Properties is not the first to propose a housing development at the site. In 2013, Harbor Bay Isle Associates proposed to relocate the Harbor Bay Club and redevelop the site with an 80-home community. However, the proposal was later dropped in 2014 after meeting resistance from the public.
Still, development at the site is being met with controversy. A current Change.org petition created by an Alameda resident asks the City to rezone the property as “recreational,” denying any future attempts of residential development. The petition, which was recently updated on May 18, currently has more than 1,200 signatures.
However, as the city battles an impending housing crisis, it is unclear what the outcome of the development site will be. Currently, the City is drafting its Housing Element 2022, which aims to support the production of at least 5,353 housing units in Alameda between 2023 and 2031 to accommodate regional housing needs.
In a letter to the City, the development team claims the proposed development would help the City achieve these goals.
“This is an incredible opportunity to produce a world-class mixed-use income community that will set the standard for creating a vibrant mix of uses and a truly Innovative manner. The city of Alameda has laid out an ambitious Vision in the Alameda General plan 2040 and subsequent housing element 2022. This proposed project will no doubt be an important Cornerstone for the plan and Paramount to meet the city’s 2031 deadline for the Regional Housing needs allocation benchmarks,” the development team said in a letter to the City.