Marina continues public hearing on proposed four-story apartment complex

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MARINA — The Marina City Council will continue its hearing at a special meeting next week on a proposed combined development permit that would pave the way for a new four-story apartment complex in the city.

The council decided to reconvene on the matter at a special meeting slated for Jan. 28 at 6 p.m., according to Marina Councilwoman Cristina Medina Dirksen, who said time ran out on the about 40 people who wanted to talk about it at the previous council meeting.

The proposed project would occupy a 1.94-acre site at 3298 Del Monte Boulevard, provided the council adopts a resolution for the combined development permit.

That permitting would include a lot line adjustment, a conditional-use permit for a multiple-family residential development exceeding 25 units per acre, site and architectural design review for a new four-story, 94-unit apartment complex, a sign permit, a tree removal permit for removal of nine trees, an affordable/inclusionary housing proposal to provide 20% of the units as affordable (11% very low-income, 2% low-income and 7% moderate-income), a 35% density bonus and project incentives to allow the development of a four-story apartment complex and modifications to development standards, and construction of associated street improvements.

The Marina Planning Commission gave conditional approval to the project and recommended the council adopt the resolution approving the combined development permit.

The construction of the proposed multi-family residential development would be built in two phases on two lots, and require the demolition of 10 existing structures.

Each of the two proposed apartment buildings would be a maximum of four stories above ground level and 54 feet in height.

Phase I of the project would see the demolition of six structures on .96 acres and include 46 units — two one-bedroom, 39 two-bedroom and five three-bedroom units. Phase II would demolish four existing structures on about .98 acres and include 48 units — 43 two-bedroom and five three-bedroom units.

A total of 98 parking spaces, including 38 covered carport spaces, eight clean air vehicle parking spaces, eight additional electric vehicle charging station spaces, and four accessible spaces would be provided on-site.

The proposed construction would also include improvements along Del Monte Boulevard, Such as driveway, curb, gutter, sidewalk and landscaping.

The proposed apartment complex project would take advantage of the allowable density bonus and incentives under the California State Density Bonus Law to include one additional story in height and a parking reduction from current city of Marina zoning regulations as well as requested waivers related to setbacks and covered parking.

Marina’s adopted Affordable Housing Ordinance from 2006 requires it provide 20% of the units as affordable. Under state law, in order for a project to qualify for a 35% density bonus or increase in the otherwise allowable density, the project must include 11% of the affordable units as very-low income.

According to city documents, the proposed apartment project has been designed as an upscale, multi-family development, optimizing the use of the land and significantly increasing the city’s housing stock.

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