Shoreline Development Update & Public Meeting
On Monday, October 9, developer Cal-Coast and staff presented an update on the Monarch Bay shoreline development project to the City Council.
The updated proposal includes a 220 room hotel with a 5,000 square foot restaurant, a 7,500 stand-alone restaurant with an upstairs banquet space, a market and/or cafe, a five-story, 285-unit apartment building, new pedestrian and bike trails and other amenities. Design details were provided at the work session and can be found on the City’s Shoreline Development Project Update web page.
The project also includes a significant investment in open space with a large park at Mulford Point. The plans for the open space are still under design and a public meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 1, at 6:30 PM, located at the Marina Community Center (15301 Wicks Boulevard) to discuss the design and use of the open space. Everyone is invited to attend.
Additionally, over $15 million in public funds are committed for infrastructure improvements in and around the area. The 1,200 square foot Mulford library branch is scheduled to be replaced with a new 2,500 square foot facility that will provide expanded services for patrons, and a new program room. Construction could start as soon as Summer 2019. The San Leandro boat harbor will undergo a decommissioning, which includes the removal of the 462 berths. The basin will instead become an area for light water recreation and allow interaction with the bay.
Streetscape improvements are being designed for Marina Boulevard and will be constructed on Doolittle Drive between Davis Street and Fairway Drive, beautifying the neighborhoods and welcoming visitors to the area.
Cal-Coast was selected as the master developer for the shoreline in 2008 and has been working with staff and the community for many years. The project has changed over the years, most recently to take into consideration sea level rise. Numerous hurdles remain – however, what was once merely a vision is now much closer to a reality. A ground break could happen as early as 2019. For more information on the shoreline development, visit the City’s Shoreline Development Project web page.