New Housing Approved at Parrott & Washington
On July 15, a long-awaited housing development in Downtown San Leandro received its final entitlements approval. Developer Langon Construction proposes to convert two vacant parcels at 268 Washington Ave. (at Parrott St.) into a four-story building with 26 condominiums, 2,400 square feet for a ground-floor restaurant or retail store, and a parking garage for residents that also includes space for motorcycles and bicycles.
The site, which is four blocks from BART and a block away from the Parrott Center, Pelton Center, and other Downtown shopping, has long been identified for transit-oriented development. In 2004, the San Leandro Redevelopment Agency purchased the parcel at 1595 Washington Ave., which East Bay Municipal Utility District once owned, and subsequently purchased the adjacent parcel at 268 Parrott St, with plans to redevelop the properties as a single site. After efforts from several developers proved unsuccessful, a new request for proposals to purchase and develop the property was released in November 2016. Langon Construction was chosen due to its favorable proposal and successful track record in building quality housing in San Leandro and surrounding communities.
Langon Construction has developed several other housing projects in San Leandro over the years, including Toscani Place (Davis St. & Pacific Ave.) and Arbor Place (Hays & Parrott Sts.). The contemporary building facade incorporates a mix of multiple colors and materials, with large windows along the street. The streetscape along both Parrott St. and Washington Ave. will be improved with new decorative paving, street trees, landscaped planting beds, and new curb and gutters. The development will include a number of amenities for residents, including private decks, a workout area, an outdoor courtyard, as well as social and office space.
Twenty of the condominiums will be two bedrooms and six will be single bedroom. Four units, or 15%, will be designated as affordable per San Leandro’s Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance. The units have been approved to be sold as condominiums; however, they may also be rented as apartments, depending on market conditions.