by Claudia Krich
City planner Eric Lee (firstname.lastname@example.org) sent an email with specifications about the Sterling 5th Street proposal on the site of Families First, near the post office. The plan is for a huge country club housing complex for UCD students, with swimming pool, pool deck, club/fitness center, outdoor amphitheater, barbecue pits, cabanas, beach area, all far from UCD. The police were called much too frequently to Families First when there were only 80 students. This will be at least 203 UCD student units. Imagine the policing that will be required. There are other Sterling developments and they have a history of problems with typical student behavior, off campus, unsupervised.
The plan is for FOUR and FIVE story dorm buildings, and a SIX story (SEVEN floor) parking structure, with 586 parking places, all for the students. No information on how much bike parking there will be, but of course students will DRIVE, as they do now, from all parts of Davis. The intersection of the post office and the DMV (Fifth and Pole Line) is already a headache for people going in all directions, including heading to the freeway to the south, and particularly for those coming from south and east Davis to downtown. Police response time will be slowed down by all the added traffic. Certainly the police department is against this huge UCD party site with zero UCD supervision or policing. This development needs to be on campus, with campus supervision.
Each and every bedroom will have its own bathroom. That is an enormous and inexcusable waste of water. How many 18 to 21-year-olds will take very short showers for the common good, when they each have a personal bathroom, and they are not charged for water use?
The proposal also includes, because it has to, an affordable FOUR STORY housing development on the same site. Insultingly, it features only one amenity: A 1470 square foot laundry area. No pool, no cabanas, no barbecues, no clubhouse, no amphitheater.
There are no other tall buildings in the vicinity, though the artist’s rendering makes it look as if there are.
The Sterling Apartments plan is completely inappropriate for the city of Davis. Especially now that Chancellor Katehi has resigned, UCD needs to be pressured more than ever to use their extensive acreage to build housing for their students. Putting a huge student dormitory in a Davis neighborhood, very close to hundreds of family homes (Rancho Yolo, Mace Ranch) and far from the university is a travesty. It belongs on campus.
There is absolutely nothing to be gained from this project, except profit for the builders. The proposal should be denied. Please consider contacting the City Council and/or Eric Lee.
See city’s attachment, below.
The Draft EIR for Sterling 5th Street Apts. project is available for public review. There will be a 45-day public comment period that ends October 31, 2016.
The “Student Site” would consist of a 4 and 5-story, 203-unit university student apartment project, which would include 727 beds, a 11,650 square foot leasing office/clubhouse, landscaped courtyards and common open space areas, a 6-story (seven parking levels) residential parking garage with 545 parking spaces, and other amenities including bicycle parking areas (accommodating 727 bicycle parking spaces), pedestrian pathways, and extensive landscaping improvements. Site amenities would include a club/fitness center, large interconnected courtyards between the residential buildings, a swimming pool, pool deck, outdoor amphitheater, cabanas, beach area, and barbecue areas. Vehicle and bicycle access is proposed around the perimeter of the project site. The Student Site includes a total of 61,028 square feet of usable open space and common space, which includes the proposed outdoor open spaces, the club/fitness center, and private balconies.
The project would include a mix of 1-bedroom to 5-bedroom apartment units ranging in size from approximately 500 square feet to 1,700 square feet. The 104 4-bedroom/4-bathroom units would comprise the largest share of the 203 units (51%) and 727 bedrooms (57%). The proposed site plan is shown in Figure 2.0-3, and includes a break-down of the proposed number of unit types and bedrooms.
The development is designed with University of California, Davis (UCD) students in mind as the target population, but would not be restricted to students. The project is proposed to be built as a LEED for Homes Silver certified project.
Access to the project site would be provided via 5th Street, which runs along the north edge of the site. A second driveway would be added on 5th Street for emergency vehicles and bicycle access only. The project proposes to connect to existing city utility infrastructure to provide water, sewer, and stormwater drainage.
The proposed project would represent a residential density of 39.3 units per acre, and would allow for a maximum building height of 66 feet (including the 6-story parking garage).
AFFORDABLE HOUSING SITE
The “Affordable Housing Site” would consist of a 4-story, 41-unit apartment building, with 74 bedrooms and a maximum building height of 54 feet. The project would include a mix of 1-bedroom to 3-bedroom units, ranging in size from 645 square feet to 1,125 square feet. As shown on Figure 2.0-3, approximately 44% of the units would be 1-bedroom units. The residential density of the Affordable Housing Site would be 49 units per acre.
The project includes 41 surface parking spaces. 75 bicycle parking spaces would be provided. The site would include a 1,470 square foot laundry area, a 1,993 square foot common area, and 8,109 square feet of usable open space and common areas, which includes the proposed outdoor open spaces, common areas, and private balconies.
Access to the project site would be shared with the “student site” and provided via 5th Street, which runs along the north edge of the site, as shown on Figure 2.0-3. The project proposes to connect to existing city utility infrastructure to provide water, sewer, and stormwater drainage.
The 41 low and very-low income affordable apartment units would be developed adjacent to the Student Site in order to meet the city’s Affordable Housing requirements.