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    Community Meeting Minutes 12.6.2013 Community Meeting Minutes 12.6.2013 Document Transcript

    • KRE Development & JC Residents’ Meeting Re: Unico II/The Marin Residences Wednesday, December 4, 2013 City Hall Attendees: Jeff Persky (KRE Group) Jeff Wenger (Planning Dept.) Candice Osborne Sarah Ligon Residents’ sign­in sheet attached separately Attachments:“Block 10012 Redevelopment Plan” (amended) ­ first draft for public comment, Ver.2013.11.12a “Louis Munoz Marin Boulevard Redevelopment Plan” (original) ­ adopted Feb. 1975, amended Dec. 1990 “Marin Residences ­ 11 October, 2013” (KRE’s updated proposal) Statement from Planning Jeff Wenger announced that after KRE submitted its proposal, Planning created a new “First Draft for Public Comment” of an amended Redevelopment Plan on November 25, 2013 (draft attached separately). Statement from KRE Jeff Persky presented proposed plans to the residents (PDF of presentation attached separately). ● ● ● ● Height: 12 stories Parking: ○ Parking deck inside building ○ Zipcar program built in ○ .6 parking ration (.75 if Zipcars included in calculation) Pedestrian Safety: ○ KRE currently working with independent traffic engineers to create “safe passageway” across Marin Blvd. ○ Building plan includes pedestrian passageway through center of building following the line of Pavonia Ave, which KRE believes will assist Hamilton Park residents in walking to shops and public transit. Public Space: ○ Taking acre of space from Unico for a park open to public (i.e. not just bldg residents)
    • ○ ○ KRE will maintain park Park to include childrens’ playground, dog­walking area, seating area, ball­playing area. Open to further suggestions from HPNA & residents. ○ Opening cut into center of building to create “view corridors” for surrounding neighborhood. ● Amenities: Fitness center, swimming pool etc. inside ● Rent: Market rate. ● Sewers & Flooding: Size of building means City will be require it to incorporate an underground storm­water retention system in contruction, i.e. an underground reservoir that collects and holds rainwater before very slowly discharging it back into sewer system over a series of days. System can handle up to a 50­year storm event. Community Q&A Session Resident: “Why rentals, not condos?” KRE: It was a market decision. Some units could become condos eventually, but that the condo market has not historically been good over the last five to seven years. Resident: “Is the current height approved?” Planning: The proposal is in draft stage only, and has not yet been approved by the Planning Board. The current height exceeds that allowed in the original Redevelopment Plan, but would be allowable under the new one. Resident: “Will there be an abatement”? KRE: Unclear at this stage whether or not an abatement will make financial sense. Site’s location just west of Marin Blvd. in Tier 2 eligibility for abatements under new administration’s policy. Resident: Opposes on basis that the building “doesn’t fit the scale of the neighborhood”, will begin “bringing the Waterfront to the rest of downtown”. Concerned that it’s too much like Pavonia/Newport. KRE: Pointed to a skyline diagram (pg 5 of “Marin Residences” slide deck) indicating height of proposed building relative to both Hamilton Park and Newport skyscrapers. Resident: How large is the building’s footprint allowed to be? KRE & Planning: Current redevelopment plan allows for 40% lot coverage. Resident: Concerned about parking; states that Silverman bldg. allowed .8 parking ratio and still presents difficulty to surrounding community for street parking. Resident: Requests building be under 70 feet and contain fewer than 150 units. Resident: Concerned about deliveries and unloading for retail on bottom floor affecting traffic on
    • Marin Boulevard. KRE: All loading/unloading will take place in parking garage. Resident: Opposes development on basis that traffic on Marin Boulevard already terrible, and this will make it worse (other resident chimed in, “But slowing it down can only be a good thing!”) Resident: Can KRE build an overpass walkway crossing Marin? Planning: Overpasses of that sort need to be ADA­compliant, which makes them costly and complex. Suggested grade changes and bumpouts as an alternative solution.