Memo from City Planner to Planning Board Regarding adaptive reuse of the Bachelors' Enlisted Men's Quarters located at 2401 Lexington Street. The site is located within the Alameda Point Adaptive Reuse Zoning District, December 8, 2014


The applicant, Alameda United Commercial (AUC) is proposing to purchase, rehabilitate and adaptively reuse the Bachelors' Enlisted Men's Quarters (BEQ) located at 2401 Lexington Street.

The BEQ complex (Buildings #2, #3, and #4) was constructed by the U.S. Navy in 1940, to provide facilities for the boarding, dining and recreating of enlisted men. AUC is proposing to adaptively reuse the building for a variety of uses, including: offices, senior assisted living, and an international boarding school. The proposal does not include any residential units. Exhibit 1 includes a brief description of AUC's proposal for the site.

In February 2014, the City Council approved the Alameda Point Zoning District and the Alameda Point Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Under the Alameda Point Zoning District, the BEQ property is zoned Alameda Point Adaptive Reuse (AR). The AR zoning district establishes the list of permitted uses for the properties in the sub-district and the development standards for the reuse of existing buildings. The Alameda Point EIR establishes the required environmental mitigations that must be imposed on each development plan to ensure that impacts to the environment are minimized or eliminated.

On August 1, 2014, the City Council entered into an Exclusive Negotiations Agreement (ENA) with AUC for the BEQ. Under the ENA, AUC has six months to negotiate a Disposition and Development Agreement for review and approval by the City Council. During the six month period, AUC is required by the ENA to submit a proposed development plan for the site for Planning Board review and approval.

On November 3, 2014, AUC submitted its draft Development Plan and Tentative Map application for City review. (Exhibit 2) Staff is still evaluating the tentative map. City staff is currently working on a phased infrastructure improvement plan for the property. Once complete, the infrastructure improvement plan will be included with the tentative map for Planning Board review and approval at a future meeting.