December 9, 2022

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Hayward wants to combine houses, ADUs in a new development

HAYWARD — Hayward is proposing a novel strategy to housing — pairing current market-fee houses with accessory dwelling units for reduced-earnings inhabitants in a proposed hillside growth.

Assistant Metropolis Manager Jennifer Ott wrote by means of e mail that she has not listened to of other towns having this strategy of pairing the two with each other. If the housing development previously mentioned Mission Boulevard and downhill from Cal State East Bay is permitted, the ADUs, or granny models, would be marketed to learners from the college, together with incredibly reduced-revenue inhabitants.

The city has been working on establishing the 37-acre web site for decades. The place experienced been owned by Caltrans, which acquired the land, substantially of it by way of eminent area, as component of a proposed freeway task that was deserted. Hayward bought the parcel, alongside with some others together the proposed freeway route, with the objective of marketing them for progress.

The City Council will get up the Bunker Hill development at its conference Tuesday. The project was narrowly permitted by the Scheduling Fee in a 4-3 vote very last month.

“I think a person factor we can all concur on is that this is not an effortless determination,” Arranging Commissioner Briggitte Lowe reported just before voting for the challenge at the March 24 conference.

The ADUs would be for incredibly lower-profits homes — all those with an revenue of $47,950 or significantly less a 12 months for a just one-individual house and $54,800 or fewer a year for a two-person family. Persons shopping for the houses with ADUs would be essential to indication agreements to rent them to low-profits inhabitants.

According to city employees, home owners would be penalized if they rented the ADUS, or granny models, to persons who are not extremely small-income, but what specifically that penalty would be has not been resolved. The developer labored with city officers to make your mind up which residences would be appropriate for the proposed 18 ADUs, according to Trumark. Not just about every residence would have a single.

Nevertheless, Commissioner Lowe claimed she was nervous that the owners would not be essential to hire the ADUs, so it’s attainable that all or none of them would be rented Commissioner Robert Stevens shared a related concern.

“We are cramming ADU units into [this development],” Stevens reported. “What is the chance that someone is seriously heading to rent one particular of these?”

Stevens voted versus the project, along with Commissioners Ray Bonilla Jr. and Zachariah Oquenda.

Some residents and commissioners mentioned all through the conference that they were being concerned about greater targeted visitors in the community from the challenge, moreover extra pressure on parking in the community. Some others stated they ended up involved that the properties would be created on a steep hill.

Nonetheless, Ott stated all through an job interview that folks appeared to be generally supportive.

“Initially the neighbors have been involved that … the growth was going to be distinctive from what their current neighborhood was,” Ott said. “[But neighbors] want to see a little something formulated there.”

If the growth is accredited by the Metropolis Council, the venture is anticipated to transfer quickly, with building starting in early 2023, according to town staff members.

The 74 houses would be market-rate residences, priced for individuals who make a lot more than the moderate space median money, or $150,700 for a family of 4. Pamela Nieting, a consultant from Trumark, wrote in an email that the enterprise does not nonetheless know much the homes would be offered for because the current market is “ever-transforming.”

The median sale selling price for a Hayward property was $960,000 in March, according to Redfin.

The two-tale residences would be a few or four bedrooms and 2,400 sq. feet to pretty much 3,300 square ft, on plenty ranging in measurement from 5,1000 square ft to 23,400 sq. feet. Every single whole lot would have two to 3 garage parking spaces and two driveway spaces. A complete of 18.51 acres would continue to be open house.

The growth web-site includes all the property on Bunker Hill Boulevard between Carlos Bee Boulevard to the north and Harder Road to the south. If the proposal is approved, the developer would develop a new street to link Bunker Hill Boulevard with Carlos Bee.

As part of the project, Trumark is proposing a new Foothill Trail, at a price tag of $2.35 million. The 16-foot broad trail would be open up to the public and connect to other Hayward Place Recreation and Park District trails that run throughout close by parts.

The metropolis has been working considering the fact that 2016, when it initially entered into an arrangement with Caltrans, to offer the land and produce it. Trumark Properties was selected as the chosen developer two several years in the past and has been negotiating with the city due to the fact.

At a single time, residences dotted the hillside in the Bunker Hill community. Following Caltrans took them in excess of, it rented out the properties. When the freeway venture was abandoned, the remaining tenants have been presented the likelihood to invest in their properties or acknowledge a relocation payout. Most moved.

The condition of the vacant homes deteriorated, and they ended up at some point torn down.

“To be equipped to demolish that and have a full new neighborhood in its area is seriously terrific,” Ott stated. “The neighborhood lived with a ton of blight for a prolonged time.”


The Hayward City Council will satisfy at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The assembly can be viewed on Comcast Tv set Channel 15, at https://hayward.legistar.com/Calendar.aspx or at www.youtube.com/consumer/cityofhayward