KRE Development & JC Residents’ Meeting Re: Unico II/The Marin Residences
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Jeff Persky (KRE Group)
Jeff Wenger (Planning Dept.)
Residents’ signin sheet attached separately
Attachments:“Block 10012 Redevelopment Plan” (amended) first draft for public
“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
Statement from KRE
Jeff Persky presented proposed plans to the residents (PDF of presentation attached
Height: 12 stories
○ Parking deck inside building
○ Zipcar program built in
○ .6 parking ration (.75 if Zipcars included in calculation)
○ 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.
○ Taking acre of space from Unico for a park open to public (i.e. not just bldg
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
● 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
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
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
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.