Building Boom on Mission Blvd: Hayward builds Housing

We’ve been curious about big housing projects going up along South Mission Boulevard in Hayward, California. It looked like four or five big projects had been built in recent years. So we decided to investigate.

As we looked along the corridor we found more and more buildings. Our criteria were three or more stories, built in recent years, but we did include the apartment complex at Tennyson and Mission by the SoHay BART station which is the oldest project along Mission Blvd. It is in fact the only big project that was built for many years until the recent boom.

After many hours of work we found 13 projects along South Mission Blvd. totaling 1258 units. That is very impressive. It was also interesting how much variety there was that met our criteria. There were large rental apartment buildings, three-story townhouses, and condominiums. Most were on Mission Blvd, but many were on new streets built for the project. Some of these streets were private so we were unable to see what the project looked like using Google Maps Streetview.

The attached spreadsheet has a list of all the projects and their characteristics, and a tab for each project. The tab shows a property map on the upper left, facades and satellite view on the right. Below the property map are details about the project and copies of building permits below that. Most of the builders were nationally known corporations.

Sherman Lewis

Elizabeth Zapata

Hayward Area Planning Association

The Hayward Area Planning Association has been engaged in community education and advocacy for sustainable planning since its inception. Major projects are included below, with links to documentation and archives.

City of Hayward Elections, 2012 and 2014

In 2012 and 2014, HAPA compiled study papers with background information on ideas for Hayward, and provided packets to candidates for Hayward City Council (2012) and City Council and Mayor (2014). Candidates were then asked to answer survey questions based on these documents. This effort was to determine candidates’ views on specific topics of concern to HAPA and to help educate the community on these issues.

Sherman Lewis, with help from many civic activists around town, wrote a report, “Ideas for Hayward,” to discuss most of the issues facing Hayward. It has detailed background information on all of the questions asked of the candidates. The PDF (linked above) allows you to click on an item in the table of contents to access the topics that most concern you.

2002 to 2016: Widenings, Underpass, The Loop

Location: Hayward, along Mission and Foothill Blvd. and downtown.

Background: HAPA opposed widening Mission and Foothill, which would have demolished all buildings on the east side of these arterials.  The project proved too expensive. HAPA supported widening Mission to six lanes plus bicycle lanes, adjusting the on-ramps to I580 and I 238, and building a connector from I580 westbound to Foothill southbound.  That did not work either.  HAPA then opposed widening Foothill Blvd. downtown to ten lanes and destroying all the businesses on the east side. The project proved too expensive, as did an underpass of Jackson and Foothill under Mission Blvd.

The city finally designed and built the current loop system over HAPA’s objections.  The loop is presented as reducing congestion, but congestion has actually increased.  The speed up in the one way direction has been less than the slowdown in the reverse directions.  This issue and other downtown issues are discussed in “Ideas for Downtown Hayward.”

1959-2016 SR 238 Hayward Bypass Project

Location: Hayward from Castro Valley to Mission Blvd. through neighborhoods and open space to the east of Mission Blvd.

Background: From 1961 to 2002, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) tried to build a freeway through the hills and homes of Hayward – five miles through about 300 dwellings and across the face of the hills. In the end, this devastating project was stopped by the courts, lack of political support, and lack of funding. The judges ruled that Caltrans could not take the money voters approved in 1986 for a project along Foothill and Mission Boulevards and spend it on a different project in a different alignment. In the spring of 2002, interested parties came close to an agreement on an alternative project, and in November 2002 Hayward voters amended the city’s General Plan to allow the city to pursue a new project.  An alternative calling for widening of Foothill and Mission Blvd’s and an underpass from Jackson to Foothill proved too expensive as did other concepts. In the end Hayward built “the loop,” discussed elsewhere on this website.

On a separate track all of the Caltrans properties were declared surplus.  Some of have been sold to Caltrans tenants; many smaller properties have been sold at auction; and several bigger properties have yet to been sold.  The proceeds go into a special fund, the Local Agency Transportation Improvement Program (LATIP).  By special state law, the funds are used in the Hayward area, including some for the Loop.

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