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Warehouse 48

The vision for the Warehouse 48 site is an adaptive re-use of the historic building (formerly owned by Del Monte Foods) and surrounding land. The concept calls for approximately 380 residential units and 30,000 square feet of retail/commercial space. The building will be repurposed and rehabilitated with uses that may include:

  • Office and work space
  • Shops and food sellers
  • Live/work units
  • Residential lofts

In the process of the redevelopment, the plan requires site-specific objectives:

  • Protect and preserve the Del Monte City Monument by allowing economically viable adaptive reuse of the building to ensure that current and future property owners are able to improve, maintain and preserve the building for future generations.
  • Reduce truck traffic in the adjacent neighborhoods by replacing warehouse and trucking uses with employment and residential uses.
  • Improve public access through the site and building to the public waterfront from Buena Vista Avenue and the adjacent neighborhoods

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Frequently Asked Questions about Warehouse 48 Master Plan

How many housing units are included in the Warehouse 48 plan and what kind?

The plan currently calls for a mix of 308 lofts, flats and townhomes within the Warehouse 48 building, and up to 72 additional units on two subareas fronting Sherman Street. More than 40% of the units in the Warehouse 48 building will be one-bedroom units.

What kind of commercial retail space is planned?

The retail and commercial uses will focus on neighborhood-serving uses, including restaurants, coffee shops, convenience stores, galleries and similar businesses, including:

    • Approximately 10,000 square feet of retail space in the Warehouse 48 building in the waterfront portion of the building, fronting Clement Avenue.
    • Approximately 10,000 square feet of general commercial space in work/live units in the Warehouse 48 building, also along Clement Avenue.
    • An additional 10,000 square feet of retail and/or commercial uses to be located in the Warehouse 48 building.

What is TLC’s Transportation Plan for Warehouse 48?

The Warehouse 48 Transportation Demand Management Program (the “TDM Program”) is a comprehensive plan that will use proven methods to reduce car trips and encourage residents to use alternative transportation resources. The program was designed by a transportation consultant with extensive background in planning and implementing comprehensive TDM programs, including several already in place in Alameda.

The goal of the TDM Program is to offset project generated parking demand, pollution and emissions, and single occupant vehicle (SOV) traffic on Alameda’s major roads, tubes and bridges. The Warehouse 48 TDM Program will blend new and expanded transit alternatives with on-site amenities and a parking strategy that will enhance the residents’ use of transit and reduce reliance on personal vehicles.

Residents of Warehouse 48 will be offered alternative transportation options including car-sharing, shuttles to BART, an innovative parking strategy and bicycle amenities beginning on the date of first occupancy. To further these goals, the Master Plan encourages pedestrian access to the site and its neighborhood serving retail. Bicycle access is encouraged through on-site bicycle amenities and the cycle track that will be built on Clement Avenue and tie into the Cross Alameda Trail.

Most significantly, the city is working on a new Northern Waterfront Transportation Management Association that will eventually oversee and coordinate transportation efforts for all new development along the Northern Waterfront. The Warehouse 48 TDM Program is designed to initiate and then fit seamlessly within the framework of the overarching Northern Waterfront Transportation Plan.

How much parking is included in the proposal?

We realize that not everyone will give up their cars to live at Warehouse 48 however, our proposed plan allows for a total of 460 parking spaces on the site. Under the current plan, there will be 45 spaces for commercial/retail parking and 3 car share spaces, along with the abundance of available alternative transportation options described above. The remaining 412 spaces (a ratio of 1.33 cars per unit) will be dedicated for Warehouse 48 residents. The resident parking will be unbundled, meaning that the spaces are sold or rented separately from the housing units. In addition, the plan calls for 120 on-street parking spaces on Buena Vista Avenue, Sherman Street, Clement Avenue and Entrance Road, including 80 new spaces created with the build out of Warehouse 48.

Will the plan include affordable housing?

Yes. In accordance with the city’s inclusionary housing ordinance and density bonus ordinance, the Master Plan anticipates that 55 of the units will be affordable rentals, with a mix of very low, low and moderate-income households. The unit distribution breaks down as follows:

Very Low (5%): 17
Low (4%): 14
Moderate (7%): 24
55 total affordable units

The moderate income units will be spread through the Warehouse 48 building and possibly in any new building constructed on Subarea C of the Master Plan. TLC has partnered with the City of Alameda Housing Authority to develop the 31 Low and Very Low units in a new building on Subarea B. Combining the Low and Very Low units in a new building will make it possible for the Housing Authority to take advantage of tax credit financing for the development of the building. The new building will provide rental housing for seniors, under the management of the Housing Authority.

Team

Master Developer: Tim Lewis Communities

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Tim Lewis Communities is an established homebuilder and developer with a track record of building high quality residential environments. The company has been active in the Sacramento area for more than 30 years and established its Bay Area division in 2010. The company is dedicated to providing innovative architecture and land plans, as well as offering the highest standards of quality and energy efficiency. The company is currently working in the Bay Area communities of Alameda, Fremont, Dublin and San Jose.

Architect: BAR Architects

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BAR Architects is dedicated to creating places that inspire and that stand the test of time while meeting each client’s specific needs in unique ways. The firm’s portfolio includes landmark mixed use developments, such as Santana Row in San Jose and Spectrum Center in Irvine, high profile retail, such as the American Eagle flagship store in Times Square, and numerous highly successful multifamily towers and urban complexes.

Civil Engineer: Carlson, Barbee & Gibson, Inc.

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Carlson, Barbee & Gibson provides a complete range of civil engineering, surveying and land planning services throughout Northern California. The firm has worked on some of the regions’ most successful master plans, including Windemere in San Ramon, River Islands in Lathrop, and East Garrison at Fort Ord.

Landscape Architect: GLS Landscape Architecture

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GLS Landscape/Architecture is focused on the design of contemporary landscapes, which we understand to be fundamentally intertwined with architecture, urban infrastructure, and natural systems. Its portfolio includes the Exploratorium at Pier 15, Emeryville Greenways, several Transbay blocks and projects at both UC Berkeley and Stanford University.

Updates

Alameda: Plans to redevelop Del Monte warehouse to go forward

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By Peter Hegarty phegarty@bayareanewsgroup.com ALAMEDA — A plan to build housing in the landmark Del Monte warehouse on Buena Vista Avenue will go forward after the City Council opted unanimously…

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