San Rafael Board of Directors authorizes Terra Linda real estate development

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With the strong support of workforce housing advocates, the San Rafael Planning Commission has approved a project for a 192 apartment complex on a hill in Terra Linda.

The committee voted 5-0-1 on Tuesday, in the absence of Jon Previtali, to recommend that city council approve the Los Gamos neighborhood project. The vote follows unanimous approval by the Design Review Board in October.

The Hart family, who run a real estate company in San Rafael, hope to build the mixed-use complex on a 10-acre lot on the west side of Los Gamos Drive. The land is adjacent to Highway 101 and the YMCA Marin.

The project would include 20 apartments designated as affordable at below-market rates for low-income households.

“As a community, we need to listen to and support our employers who continue to say that they cannot recruit and retain enough employees to grow their businesses,” said Michelle Hassid, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Chamber. San Rafael Trade Center. “Additional affordable housing for the workforce is critical to our economic success. “

A 5,600 square foot retail grocery store and a 5,000 square foot community center are part of the proposal. The project also provides for 213 resident parking spaces and 12 commercial parking spaces for the market.

The development would consist of five apartment buildings comprising 36 studios, 48 ​​one-bedroom apartments, 90 two-bedroom apartments and 18 three-bedroom apartments. The apartments would vary from 496 square feet to 1,153 square feet.

Buildings would be grouped together to minimize grading and environmental impacts. Other sustainable features include rooftop solar panels and stations for recharging cars and e-bikes.

“This is a wonderful addition, in our opinion, to Los Gamos,” said Andrew Ward, executive director of Marin YMCA. “It actually creates the possibility of having a real neighborhood on this street where wellness services via the Y and Kaiser are widely available.”

The project requires the approval of a general plan modification to allow mixed commercial use on the site, a change of zone, an environmental and design review, a density bonus and concessions for parking.

Commissioners worried there might be insufficient parking space, but overall they agreed the project was on the bill to provide more housing.

“It’s a great place, a great project,” said Commissioner Mark Lubamersky. “We desperately need this accommodation. I think it’s done well and I think it really fills a gap in the market, especially in helping our businesses in San Rafael continue to grow and prosper.

Chris Hart, sponsor of the project, said the proposal is the culmination of two years of outreach and community meetings.

“Our 10-acre site offers a rare opportunity to create much-needed housing close to jobs, public transportation and nearby amenities,” he said after the meeting.

“Every day we meet people in our local workforce who have to travel to San Rafael from afar,” he said. “This project is designed to create new opportunities for them and others who will benefit from an increased supply of local housing choices.”

A public hearing with the city council is tentatively scheduled for January.

More information on the project is at bit.ly/3sauowq.


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