HAPA News May 3, 2024

HAPA News Action Alert!


Vol. XLVI No. 2                The HAPA News               May 3, 2024

Action Alert: College Heights Resolution

We have just received word that a new City Resolution in support of College Heights is item 9 on the Consent Agenda for the City Council meeting at 7pm, Tuesday, May 7,2024.

Please show your support for College Heights before 3 pm Tuesday using:

https://hayward.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx

Text of Resolution is quoted below:

College Heights Advocacy Update

My associate Liz Zapata and I have been active in spite of not quite knowing what we are doing. One hope was to get support from a housing developer with recent multi-family construction in Hayward. This bombed. The corporate culture is focused on building and selling with no time for a vision of the future.

In the process, I did some research on garages under units compared with parking in a below-grade podium. The common knowledge is that podiums are too expensive and have an up-front cost, with too much delay to selling units, while garages can be built within an 8-month building cycle. However, a unit without the parking can have a lower cost and a smaller footprint and has less area in front for a street. Using actual units in buildings from a project on Mission Blvd. and applying the data to the quarry project, the podium can build so many more units that it more than makes up for the cost of building the podium.

“No garage and less setback and narrower access by walkway result in an increase of 60 units on the same footprint, an increase of 22 percent. No garage and less setback and narrower access by walkway result in an increase of 115 units on the same footprint, an increase of 25 percent. The greater increase is for 3 bedroom units added, the lesser is for one-bedrooms added. This is probably due to considering two parking spaces instead of one.” Testing these findings in pro formas shows that the podium approach was more profitable than garages.

We also found a firm that specializes in getting entitlements, which it then sells to developers. This firm is interested in College Heights and is willing to take a look at our outdated pro formas.

I was slow to realize that there are construction cost and pro forma consultants who can update my pro forma and have more credibility with investors. I fond Cardinal Consulting in San Ramon and am going to retain them. They can also help with related issues of land value, labor costs, marketability, and pitching to big banks.

We persevere.

Sherman Lewis, President

Hayward Area Planning Association

Professor Emeritus California State University East Bay

2787 Hillcrest Avenue, Hayward CA 94542

510-538-3692

sherman@csuhayward.us

The Resolution

HAYWARD CITY COUNCIL

RESOLUTION NO. 24-____

Introduced by Council Member __________

RESOLUTION EXPRESSING SUPPORT FOR THE COLLEGE HEIGHTS, FORMERLY BAYVIEW VILLAGE, PROPOSAL AS DEVELOPED BY THE HAYWARD AREA PLANNING ASSOCIATION

WHEREAS, the City of Hayward has identified affordable and sustainable housing in its Housing Element, reduced greenhouse gases in its Climate Action Plan; and other policy goals supported by College Heights proposal and

WHEREAS, the Hayward Area Planning Association proposes the development of College Heights on an abandoned quarry to be a walkable neighborhood system with minimum vehicle use and to achieve the goals of the City; and

WHEREAS, the College Heights proposal is intended to be designed with a comprehensive approach to neighborhood development, achieving goals of affordability, sustainability, mobility, health and safety, design and community that would be a model for the state and the nation; and

WHEREAS, the College Heights proposal is designed with the intent to meet travel time budget requirements using Transportation Demand Management and mixed use for its major markets; and

WHEREAS, the College Heights proposal could assist in meeting the needs of faculty, staff, and students at nearby California State University East Bay, Hayward, seniors and retirees, work from home, Hayward downtown workers, BART commuters, and families; and

WHEREAS, the College Heights proposal includes a major recreation facility for the public, the Foothill Trail, and conserves a sensitive riparian habitat; and

WHEREAS, the City of Hayward owns the rights to the land, is seeking a developer consistent with its master plan land use designations and zoning for Sustainable Mixed Use, these plans are approved by a Program Environmental Impact Report, and College Heights is potentially consistent with these plans, creating a fully supportive regulator environment; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council of the City of Hayward supports the concepts of the College Heights proposal and encourages investors to consider it for development.

IN COUNCIL, HAYWARD, CALIFORNIA _______________________, 2024 ADOPTED BY THE FOLLOWING VOTE:

AYES:                COUNCIL MEMBERS: 

MAYOR: 

NOES:              COUNCIL MEMBERS: 

ABSTAIN:         COUNCIL MEMBERS: 

ABSENT:           COUNCIL MEMBERS: 

ATTEST: ______________________________________

City Clerk of the City of Hayward

APPROVED AS TO FORM:

__________________________________________

City Attorney of the City of Hayward