Shoreline Development Update
On April 3, 2017, Cal-Coast Development presented an update on the 75-acre Monarch Bay Shoreline Development Project to the City Council. The Shoreline Development is a comprehensive master plan for the northern portion of the San Leandro shoreline, which has a vision to create a regional destination that connect the community with the Bay and provides enhanced recreational and community amenities. The update includes new conceptual designs for the project that propose some notable changes, including the removal of buildings from the outer shoreline area and enhancement of park space in these areas, as well as the elimination of office space from the project.
Over the past year, the City and Cal-Coast Development have been working with the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) to ensure that the plans, developed over the years with significant input from the community, meet BCDC’s regulations. The removal of buildings from the outer shoreline area is largely a result of BCDC regulations, which require that buildings be significantly raised, or moved back, to accommodate anticipated sea level rise.
The new design offers more open space for recreational amenities and there is a general consensus that the project has been improved. Additional park land for outdoor activities is provided, as well as plaza areas, a pedestrian promenade, bike lanes that connect the bay trail, a boat launch area, and opportunities for public art and environmental education. The proposal includes a 200-room hotel, half of which will be a Hyatt Place and the other half an extended stay Hyatt House, as well as two restaurants, a banquet facility, an apartment complex, and up to 200 single family and town houses. Construction of a new 2,500 square foot Mulford-Marina Branch Library is also planned as a part of the project.
The Shoreline Development strives to be a net-zero, mixed use project, providing Electric Vehicle charging stations in the parking facilities and pulling San Leandro’s dark fiber to enable opportunities for public Wi-Fi.
Next steps for the project include finalizing the project proposal and design, which will go through a public review and approval process with the City and other regulatory agencies, as well as execution of a development agreement with the City of San Leandro. You can view the update provided to the City Council here and more background on the project on the City’s website.